Skip Navigation
Team Nutrition
TN Home  What's New   Family Events   Body Venture   Nutrition Education   Resources
TN Logo
  you are here > TN Home > Power Panther > Power Panther Preschool      
 

 

Power Panther Preschool
What is Power Panther Preschool?
What is Power Panther Preschool?
Why kids need Power Panther Preschool
Why do Kansas kids need Power Panther Preschool?
Who can participate?
Who can participate?
Download Current Materials
Download Current Materials

 


What is Power Panther Preschool?
Power Panther Preschool is a eight-lesson health education program for Kansas preschool age children enrolled in centers and homes that participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).  Power Panther Preschool encourages consumption of fruits and vegetables and increased physical activity among young children.  Each of the eight lessons has EAT SMART (nutrition) and PLAY HARD (movement) activities.  Each Power Panther Preschool lesson is designed so that its scope is limited only by your imagination!  You may choose to spend only a minimal amount of time on a lesson or you may choose to expand the lesson for a more in-depth experience for the children.

Kansas Team Nutrition is not currently offering sub-grant funds and materials for Power Panther Preschool, however, program materials may still be downloaded from the link below and used at any time!

Back to top

 

Why do Kansas kids need Power Panther Preschool?
In the first years of life children grow physically, intellectually and socially at a remarkable rate. What children eat and how they view food and health will affect them throughout their lives. Children's day-to-day experiences with food and eating establish the foundation for lifelong choices of foods.

Only one child in five eats the recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Many children are not regularly exposed to a variety of high quality, well-prepared fruits and vegetables. Too often children's food options include a disproportionate amount of highly processed foods that are appealing, tasty and inexpensive, but offer little nutritional value.

Child care programs offer an opportunity for preschoolers to be exposed to a variety of nutritious foods. Nutrition education provides children with new food experiences and reinforces the importance of becoming familiar with many foods.

Preschool children are also forming attitudes and espending experiences through physical activity. Activity is called "play" for a preschooler. A balance between nutrition and play is essential. Power Panther Preschool used in a child care program can create a positive environment for children to learn the balance necessary for a healthy lifestyle.

Back to top

Power Panther

 

Who can participate?
Power Panther Preschool provides fun, educational nutrition activities to promote fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity for preschool age children. All Kansas child care centers and sponsors of day care homes that participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) have the opportunity to participate in Power Panther Preschool.

Back to top


Download current materials:

This link accesses theOpens in new window Power Panther Preschool Implementation Manual.

Back to top

 

 

Power Panther

 

 
 
© 2009 www.kn-eat.org - All Rights Reserved.