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CHILE Plus Family Materials

Modules:

Module 1: Bell Pepper and Melon - These materials include recipes and preparation ideas for bell pepper and melon, food safety tips, as well as fun ideas for staying active through family activities, games and ideas for exploring your community.

Module 2: Broccoli and Pear - These materials include recipes and preparation ideas for broccoli and pear. There are also purchasing tips for lower fat milk and cheese and whole grain low-sugar cereal as well as fun ideas for staying active in the winter through holiday family activities, games, dances and reducing screen time.

Module 3: Tomato and Pineapple - These materials include recipes and preparation ideas for tomato and pineapple. There are also purchasing tips for drinks and whole wheat bread as well as fun ideas for staying active in the winter through family activities, crafts and reducing screen time.

Module 4: Spinach and Apple - These materials include recipes and preparation ideas for spinach and apple. There are also preparation tips for lower fat ground beef and purchasing tips for whole wheat tortillas as well as fun ideas for staying active through family activities, games, songs, art and gardening. Additionally, you will find information on playground safety.

Module 5: Squash and Peach - These materials include recipes and preparation ideas for squash and peach as well as food safety tips. There are also preparation tips for dried beans as well as fun ideas for staying active through family activities, walking, hiking and ideas for exploring your community.

Module 6: Sweet Potato and Orange - These materials include recipes and preparation ideas for sweet potato and orange. There are also purchasing tips for whole grain pasta and lower fat milk and cheese as well as fun ideas for staying active in the winter through family activities, games, dances, exercises and stretches.

Module 7: Cucumber and Strawberry - These materials include recipes and preparation ideas for cucumber and strawberry. There are also purchasing tips for brown and wild rice and drinks as well as fun ideas for staying active through family activities, games, story-telling and reducing screen time.

Module 8: Asparagus and Kiwi - These materials include recipes and preparation ideas for asparagus and kiwi. There are also preparation tips for lower fat ground beef and purchasing tips for whole wheat flour as well as fun ideas for staying active through family activities, games, gardening and camping. Additionally, you will find information on playground safety.

Parent Engagement

Families are included in CHILE Plus in a number of ways since they are the gatekeepers to their children’s nutrition, health, and wellbeing. They are exposed to and involved in the program through:

  • Home visits
  • Nutrition and physical activity materials that are sent home via the teachers or care providers (Take Home Materials)
  • Family events that occur three times a year for about 2-3 hours at the Head Start or child care center
  • Parent meetings

When child care staff conduct home visits at the beginning of the school year, they go over an informational factsheet that explains the CHILE Plus program to families. They also encourage families to live healthy active lives, letting them know that they will be receiving Take Home Materials that include recipes, newsletters, activities, and other information on nutrition and physical activity.

As the children taste fruits and vegetables in the classroom as well as learn new dances, games, and other physical activities, the teachers or child care providers send home recipes, newsletters, as well as purchasing, cooking, and safety tips to parents so that they can follow along. These Take Home Materials are sent home once a week. When parents come to pick up their children, staff speak with them about the material sent home that week, checking in with them to see if they have tried the recipe or physical activity idea and if they have any questions.

Family Events

At family events, parents, families, and caregivers participate in hands-on educational activities on various nutrition and physical activity subjects. There, CHILE Plus team members, Head Start or child care staff, or NMSU extension educators lead the activities through which they help families learn how to choose healthy foods and be more active together. It is also a chance for primary caregivers to ask questions and learn about the nutrition lessons and physical activities that the children are doing in the classroom. Finally, some Head Starts and child care centers incorporate related educational activities into parent meetings.

Constant interaction with family members is crucial to successful delivery of the CHILE Plus program.