Sesame Workshopthe nonprofit organization behind sesame streetis launching new bilingual resources to help families from all economic backgrounds adopt healthy eating habits and increase their nutritional knowledge —the ability to access and understand food and nutrition information.
Thanks to the generous support of the Walmart Foundation, the Healthy Habits for All initiative features chef Lily, sesame street Muppet and Healthy Eating Ambassador, and promotes accessible ways for caregivers to help children develop healthy relationships with food, including strategies for meal planning and preparing healthy, economical meals and snacks .
Results from Sesame Workshop’s formative research revealed that COVID-19 and the corresponding financial stress families are experiencing has made healthy foods much harder to afford for many. Healthy Habits for All was created to address these concerns by building on Sesame Workshop’s existing library of Eat Well content to help families find new ways to access affordable food, establish a balanced diet and make shopping last. Available in English and Spanish at www.sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/eating, the new content pack includes:
Two short documentaries featuring real families: In Making Leftovers Last: The Alicea-Eiras Family, a family recounts how they “stretch” their groceries to prepare different delicious meals throughout the week; In Healthy Food Can Be Fun: The Tran Family, Micah, his friend Lana, and his mom Katie show Chef Lily how they work together to plan ahead and make food fun.
On Chef Lily’s advice: Kudos to fruits and veggies, Lily shows off her favorite way to make a delicious and nutritious smoothie.
A new storybook, Summer Sips, illustrates creative and delicious ways to encourage children to drink more water, especially during the hot summer months.
Printables, including a list of resources from organizations that help low-income families find affordable, healthy foods, plus tips on how to freeze foods properly to make them last.
Three articles for parents and caregivers: Nutritional Milestones features age-by-age information and advice; Choosy Eaters offers ways to encourage children to try different foods; and Healthy Choices in Fast Food Restaurants offers strategies for healthy eating on a budget or on the go.
“Families deserve access to safe and healthy food, and it’s important that parents feel empowered to adopt healthy eating habits with their children,” says Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President of Impact social at Sesame Workshop. “We recognize how difficult and overwhelming it can be to help children make healthier food choices, especially for families affected by financial stress, and Sesame Workshop is here to provide guidance and support, so that children and their families know that they are never alone. ”
“The Healthy Habits for All initiative aims to empower children and families to make healthier choices, which is crucial for the health and well-being of communities,” said Eileen Hyde, Senior Director of the community resilience, Walmart.org. “The Walmart Foundation supports evidence-based, scalable, and culturally relevant programs, and we’re excited to see the impact these bilingual resources will have in communities across the country as families put learnings into practice.”
In addition to being available free online for families and providers, new resources will be distributed via sesame street among the Communities’ field partners. Since its launch in 2015, sesame street in Communities provided easy-to-use tools for community providers and caregivers to support families on topics ranging from resilience to school readiness, helping children become smarter, stronger and kinder each day.