Jump Into Foods and Fitness MSU Extension’s Children, Youth and Family Programs: Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H Youth Development in partnership with the MSU Department of Kinesiology
Jump Into Foods and Fitness Program (JIFF) • Based on the need to educate youth about making healthy food choices and being physically active • Designed for use during out-of-school time • Designed to be used by teen and adult volunteers, staff and other educators
JIFF curriculum: • Focuses on health habits of ages 8-11 • Youth from 3rd to 5th grade. Can be adapted for younger children (ages 5-7) and older children (ages 12 & up) • Includes eight 60- to 90-minute lessons
Kangaroo Jump Lessons: • Pyramids for Health • Go the Distance with Grains • High Five for Health • Moooving & Motion • Power Up the Day • On the Go • Choices for Good Health • Celebrating JIFF
Why this focus? • One of every two children in Michigan today is likely to die prematurely from preventable cardio-vascular disease or preventable cancer. • Two major contributing factors are sedentary lifestyle and excess weight.
Since 1980, obesity rates have tripled among ages 6-11 and doubled for ages 12-19. 30 percent of U.S. children and teens are considered overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. • According to a national report, for the first time in one hundred years the current generation of people will have a shorter life span than the previous generation due to a sedentary lifestyle.
Regular physical activity helps to improve strength and endurance, prevent obesity, build healthy bones and muscles, and reduce stress. Research shows a relationship between physical fitness and increased academic performance. Children form lifelong attitudes, develop healthy eating habits and engage in active life styles through early experiences.
Kangaroo Jump Lesson Contents: • Fitness Background Basics • Fitness Activities: • “Ready, Set, Jump” • “Jump into Fitness” • “Cool Down”
Kangaroo Jump Lesson Contents: • Nutrition Background Basics • Nutrition Activities: • “Ready, Set, Eat” • “Jump into Foods” • Food Safety • Snack Suggestion • Family Newsletter
Children learn about . . . The importance of eating different foods and being physically active to help them grow strong and healthy. Using the MyPyramid for Kids to help them make daily food choices for a healthy diet. Using the Kid’s Activity Pyramid to explore different physical activities. Kangaroo Jump 1: Pyramids for Health
Snack Suggestion: Almost-A-Pyramid Sundae (p34) Kangaroo Jump 1: Pyramids for Health
Children learn about . . . Building their capacity to perform vigorous aerobic exercise for at least 20 minutes. Using the FIT (Frequency, Intensity, Time) principle of high- and low-energy physical activities. Foods in the grain group that can give them energy to go! Kangaroo Jump 2: Go the Distance with Grains
Jump into Fitness: Spaghetti Jump Ropes (p41-42) Cool Down Activity: Stretch with Rope (p45) Kangaroo Jump 2: Go the Distance with Grains
Children learn about . . . Activities that encourage creative and cooperative movement and stretching. The variety of fruits and vegetables to choose from and ways to add more fruits and vegetables to daily meals and snacks. How eating fruits and vegetables helps develop healthy eyes, skin and hair. Kangaroo Jump 3: High Five for Health
Ready, Set, Jump Activity: Streamers Galore (p56) Kangaroo Jump 3: High Five for Health
Children learn about . . . Connecting movement and activity with muscles in the body. Plant and animal foods in the milk and meat groups that provide protein and calcium. How key nutrients and physical activity are important for growth, development and maintenance of bones and muscles. Kangaroo Jump 4: Moooving & Motion
Jump into Fitness: Muscle Mania (p73-76) Kangaroo Jump 4: Moooving and Motion
Children learn about . . . Options for nutritious breakfast foods and how breakfast gives them a bright start to their day. Ways to work cooperatively through game strategies that encourage movement and activity. Kangaroo Jump 5: Power Up the Day
Focus on Food Safety: Breakfast Bloopers (p94-96) Kangaroo Jump 5: Power Up the Day
Children learn about . . . Smart snacks that are made up of foods from the major food groups. Snacks that help provide energy and meet nutrient needs. Ways to plan “activity snacks” to ensure that they’re physically active throughout the day. Kangaroo Jump 6: On the Go
Jump into Foods Activity: Activity Snacks (p103) Kangaroo Jump 6: On the Go
Children learn about . . . How choosing to be fit involves eating a variety of foods and including physical activities that help maintain strength, flexibility and endurance. The Nutrition Facts label and how it can help them make wise food choices. Kangaroo Jump 7: Choices for Good Health
JIFF Family Newsletter (p128-p129) Kangaroo Jump 7: Choices for Good Health
Children learn about . . . Establishing goals for their future fitness and eating choices. They also . . . Share what they’ve learned. Celebrate what they’ve learned! Kangaroo Jump 8: Celebrating JIFF
JIFF Sound Off Survey (p138-139) Secret Messages for JIFF the Joey (p142-143) Kangaroo Jump 8: Celebrating JIFF
JIFF On-Line Resource: Educators, Parents, and Youth http://web1.msue.msu.edu/cyf/youth/jiff
This material was funded by USDA's Food Stamp Program. The Food Stamp Program provides nutrition assistance. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more, contact your local DHS office, check online at http://www.mfia.state.mi.us/mars/index.asp or call 1-800-481-4989. Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, or family status.