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The LANA Preschool Program began with a study conducted by The Minnesota Department of Health through a grant from The National Cancer Institute. The goal was to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in young children by giving them more opportunities to taste, eat and enjoy them on a daily basis. Countless scientific studies have shown that encouraging healthy eating habits at a young age may prevent chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes later in life.
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Comparing children that participated in the LANA Program to those that did not, it was found that those involved in the LANA program ate significantly more vegetables at lunch as well as more total fruits and vegetables throughout the day. Total vegetable intake was significantly higher at follow-up. Other results showed that the LANA program:
We are pleased to offer a selection of LANA Preschool Program resources as downloadable PDFs to help aid in planning and implementation of the curriculum. Click the links below to download.
+Program Planning - Includes a sample timeline for implementing the LANA Preschool Program and a blank planning chart with blank fields to customize the sheet to tailor to your site needs and schedule.
+Weekly Lesson Planning - Includes a sample lesson plan that illustrates how to incorporate the LANA Preschool Program activities, storybook suggestions, and taste testing into a school day and a blank planning sheet to tailor to your site needs and schedule requirements.
+Supporting LANA Story Books and Parents Talk About Feeding Flyers
Use these storybooks and parent flyers to support classroom learning. Print your own copies to use while teaching or email copies to send home to parents and caregivers to support efforts at home.
Parents Talk Issue 1
Parents Talk Issue 2
Parents Talk Issue 3
Parents Talk Issue 4
Parents Talk Issue 5
LANA Story Book 1
LANA Story Book 2
LANA Story Book 3
LANA Story Book 4
LANA Story Book 5
Supporting LANA story books and Parents Talk About Feeding flyers
+Event Flyers & Resources - The LANA Preschool Program offers a handful of special events to connect families with the healthy eating messages demonstrated in the curriculum. PDF files of event flyers and resources are available to customize with your event details and give you the option to print in color.
Family Team Tasting Challenge Flyer
Make Family Mealtime Count Flyer
Make Family Mealtime Count Discussion Group Flyer
Cooking Tour Flyer
Cooking Tour Cards
+LANA Supplemental Booklist- The booklist highlights a number of suggested storybooks to make available in your classroom that support the LANA theme units. The list has been updated and made available for programs that may have an older copy of the LANA curriculum, which included books no longer in print.
Studies suggest that eating habits and food preferences are established in early childhood. By educating and actively encouraging fruit and vegetable consumption both at school and at home, LANA helps children establish healthy eating habits early.
The LANA Preschool Program is based on well-established nutrition education and behavior-change theories. LANA helps children learn to eat more fruits and vegetables by: