Health U: A Nutrition Curriculum for Teenagers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education Curriculum for Upper Elementary School Children is an educational program for adolescents and young adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. Health U helps students with intellectual disabilities learn about nutrition, physical activity, and living a healthy lifestyle. Classes cater to students’ specific learning needs.
Program participants will learn about:
- MyPlate nutritional guidelines and the five food groups.
- The benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables and fewer foods with added fats and sugars.
- How to plan a balanced meal.
- Making healthy choices in snacks and when eating out.
Space and time requirements
The Health U program is made up of ten, 60-minute lessons. All sessions can be adapted to meet the learning needs of participants and within reason fit the space and time needs of the partnering agency.
The Health U program was developed by dietitians and educators in association with the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Each lesson includes a short discussion of new concepts, a hands-on learning activity, time to engage in movement or physical activity, and a taste test.
To find out more about this program or explore the possibilities of this program being offered at your agency, contact the SNAP-Ed team.