Color Me Healthy is a developmentally appropriate curriculum that is highly visual and interactive. It uses color, music, dance and imaginary play to provide opportunities for physical activity and to teach children about fruits and vegetables. The intervention uses a train-the-trainer approach to support child care provider directed implementation of the program.
CMH underwent a formative review process that included input from preschool teachers and experts in nutrition, physical activity, and child development. CMH provides 12 lesson plans for teachers along with supporting instructional materials needed to implement the curriculum including: four sets of picture cards, three color classroom posters, a CD with seven original songs, 14 reproducible parent newsletters, and two color posters designed for parents. Selected materials are available in Spanish. The CMH web site (www.colormehealthy.com) provides information to parents, including copies of newsletters, and CMH songs available for free download.
Primary audience: Children ages 4-5 in child care and preschool settings and their families
Secondary audience: Child care providers
Setting: Child care and preschool settings
Length of time in the field: Since 2002