The prevalence of childhood obesity has dramatically increased nationwide. Specifically, 14 percent of Nevadan children less than 5 years of age are overweight. The underlying causes range from genetic propensity to socio-economic, cultural and environmental influences resulting in unhealthful eating and physical activity practices. A person’s relationship with food and physical activity begins in infancy and is molded during childhood. All 4 Kids and its Healthy Kids Festival use activities, music, dance and food to teach kids and their families in Clark and Lincoln Counties nutrition, physical activity and self-acceptance.

All 4 Kids is an interdisciplinary approach to addressing child obesity. Developed by Extension faculty from maternal/child nutrition, exercise physiology and child development, the All 4 Kids program helps children meet the Nevada Pre-K Standards while encouraging preschool children and families to practice healthy eating habits and be active every day.

The child component of All 4 Kids consists of 21 (19 in the community setting), 30-minute preschool lessons, taught three times a week for eight weeks by Extension staff. Each lesson uses dance to introduce children to the specific movements outlined in the Nevada Pre-K Standards in addition to a nutrition concept. 

Since young children are dependent on their families to provide their meals and movement opportunities, the program encourages families to build healthy habits together. Using pre-existing materials, such as locally written and recorded music and dance for children and their parents and SNAP-ED developed books "Tummy Talks" and "TV Moves Me," the program integrates nutrition and physical activity education into a fun, developmentally appropriate curriculum. 

Each week of the program children receive an All 4 Kids Family Pack containing a nutrition activity for the family to complete together. In addition to the family packs, parents and caregivers are invited to attend a monthly family event. Each event has interactive games and a food demonstration for families to try new foods and movement games together. Each family event concludes with children performing the All 4 Kids dances they learned in the preschool lessons. Together families and children learn to be healthy, happy, active and fit.

News Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...
All 4 Kids book cover
All 4 Kids: Healthy, Happy, Active, Fit Classroom Education for Young Children.
Evidence-based curriculum to promote healthy eating, physical acivity and positive body image in young children.
Lindsay, A., Byington, T., & Sigman-Grant, M. 2010, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, CM-10-06
Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs
This factsheet explains inclusion in early childhood and programs that can have benefits.
Byington, T. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-10-67
A teacher with children eating apples.
Preschoolers can distinguish between healthy and unhealthy foods: The All 4 Kids Study
This study determined changes in preschoolers' ability to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy foods and stated food preferences after participation in a nutrition education program.
Sigman-Grant, M., Byington, T., Lindsay, A., Lu, M., Mobley, A., Fitzgerald, N. & Hildebrand, D. 2013, Journal of nutrition education and behavior, 03/2014, Volume 46, Issue 2
Recognizing Developmental Delays in Young Children
This factsheet explain developmental delays in young children, concerns, and ways to recognize them.
Byington, T. 2010, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-10-66
Teacher and family connections curriculum: A supplement to the All 4 Kids: Healthy, Happy, Active, Fit obesity prevention program. Sigman-Grant, M, Van Brackel, A., Byington, T. and Lindsay, A. 2013, UNCE Publication CM-13-01

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Anne R. Lindsay
Program Leader & Contact