The Food & Fitness Fun Education Program© (FFFEP) is a nutrition and physical activity curriculum developed, implemented, and evaluated by Diane Carson, Ph.D to help your children develop behaviors that **facilitate the importance of healthy eating, choosing nutritious foods, and participating in regular physical activity**.
Stone Soup identified the problem of child obesity in 2000 and sought the professional expertise of Diane Carson, Ph.D to help combat the issue at its root. There are numerous factors that contribute to a child’s likelihood of developing obesity; however, by helping children establish healthy eating habits at a young age, Stone Soup hopes to instill a strong relationship between food and all future Stone Soup adults for life!
The FFFEP is designed to be fun and interactive, therefore include hands-on activities that stimulate and excite the children.
Lessons are composed of:
College students majoring/minoring in nutrition from California State University, Long Beach and Chapman University trained with Dr. Carson to implement the program as part of an internship program.
Food & Fitness intern, Taylor Stephens, asked her students to write valentines to their hearts on Valentines Day:
Every parent knows what it is like to be at a grocery store and have your child nag them to buy the last snack or treat advertised on TV. Stone Soup wants to turn that into “Can we get some edamame?”
An initial three-year grant from the California Endowment and annual grants from St. Joseph’s Health Support Alliance helped to develop and evaluate the program and St. Joseph’s, Women Helping Youth and other foundation grants continue to sustain it. The evaluation of Stone Soup’s Food and Fitness Fun Club® demonstrates not only are children choosing healthier snacks, water over sodas and being more active, they’re changing what their families eat and do together.
In addition, parents noted their own lives had changed as a result of what their children had been learning: 27 percent said they were more active since their children started the program.
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Carson, D.E. & Reiboldt, W. (2011). An After School Program on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Elementary School Children. Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 39(3), 267-278.
Carson, D.E. & Reiboldt, W. (2010). Parents’ Agreement to Purchase Snack Foods Requested by Their Children. Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences, 102(1),42-48.
Carson, D.E. & Reiboldt, W. (2005) Food and Fitness in Los Angeles. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 97(4),45-46.