Farm to Early Care with UW Oshkosh students

Farm to Early Care with UW Oshkosh students

re:TH!NK’s Healthy Food and Beverages team partnered with University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Politics of Food Quest class to teach nutrition lessons within area childcare programs. Groups of college students developed nutrition lesson plans about locally grown produce and introduced them to young students at UWO Childcare Center and Head Start programs in Oshkosh.

Partnering with UWO and Childcare providers is a win-win: UWO students gain an appreciation of local food and early intervention in the early care setting, and children within childcare settings receive this nutrition education. One UWO student shared, “It is really cool to see how just by sitting down to talk about a new food, using our senses to describe it, and having fun interactions with it, gets the kids really excited about trying it! What a fun experience!”

The re:TH!NK Healthy Food and Beverages team offers support to any organization interested in getting involved in increasing consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables in children 0-5 years.

 

Partners Spotlight: April 2017

Partners Spotlight: April 2017

Davis Childcare Center of Oshkosh has been a key contributor and partner in extending Farm to Early Care efforts to Winnebago County families. Staff at Davis Childcare Center are passionate about healthy lifestyles and think outside of the box to bring unique learning opportunities to their students. With help from Growing Oshkosh, Davis has installed a center garden for students to learn about fruits and vegetables and how to grow produce. They also connect with local farmers to introduce new, local, and minimally processed fruits and vegetables to their students to engrain the importance of trying new food. Davis Childcare Center understands that teaching nutrition to their students reaches not only the students themselves, but also reaches their parents and families.

Davis Childcare Center has gone above and beyond to engage in the community to create a better nutrition environment for all. This center has partnered with re:TH!NK and University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh to provide a community health experience for college students to teach nutrition lessons to their 4K classes as a way to teach and inspire through hands-on experience for both college students and childcare students! Staff from Davis Childcare have been instrumental in the coalition reSET process. Wendy and Angie have participated in community meetings regarding healthy foods and beverages in Winnebago County and continuously provide an invaluable perspective from the community about the community. We thank Davis Childcare Center for all of its leading work in Farm to Early Care and for being a strong partner in building a healthier nutrition environment in our community!