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Hip Hop to Health: An Interactive Approach to Promoting Health in Preschool Aged Children

Hip Hop to Health Jr. is an evidence-based program created by Marian Fitzgibbon, Dr. Melinda Stolley and revised by Dr. Angela Odoms-Young and Lara Blumstein. This program was funded by the USDA and its objective is to promote healthy eating habits and an increase in physical activity among 3-5 year olds. The Early Childhood Team at Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion (CPHP) has tailored this program to increase impact among the communities whom they service. The data at CPHP reflects that interactive education, sing a longs, food tastings and games have a positive impact on children’s food recognition and food classification. Join this webinar presented by Antonia Mercer, MS, Early Childhood Intervention Coordinator, UIC Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion, to learn more about this free program!

Learning Objectives

  • To understand how the Hip Hop to Health program is implemented in an early care and education setting
  • To provide innovative ideas on how to engage children in health education and physical activity
  • To assess the impact of the program on the children’s nutrition and physical activity knowledge
This event will be recorded and a link to the recording will be available on this page. 

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