The core belief behind the Cedars-Sinai Healthy Habits program is that it's never too early to develop healthy habits. Cedars-Sinai partners with community organizations to help children and their families learn about healthy eating and physical activity.
The Healthy Habits program reaches elementary and middleschool students, parents of preschool children, and families in underserved communities with numerous programs:
In partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District, Healthy Habits educators visit schools in the Mid-City area of L.A. For 10 weeks, second-grade students take part in fun, interactive classroom activities stressing the importance of physical activity, as well as the need for drinking low- or non-fat milk and eating more whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Third- and fourth-grader programs build on the foundation of the second-grade program, emphasizing critical thinking and decision-making to healthy eating.
Colorful display boards in English and Spanish on varied health topics at partner preschool sites. Monthly workshops are offered to parents on the respective board topics, and the boards are rotated every month.
Interactive workshops for parents reinforce the same key messages that students learn in their Healthy Habits lessons, such as MyPlate and the food groups, recommended daily amounts and portion control, reading nutrition facts labels, and importance of physical activity. Healthy Habits for families emphasizes how self-empowerment leads to healthier lifestyle changes not only for individuals, but for their whole family.
Healthy Habits includes equipping teachers with curriculum and activities that reinforce learning. Cedars-Sinai also offers workshops for teachers and staff to stress the importance of being role models regarding health and physical activity. The program also supports school-wide goals for wellness and activity.
Every summer, Healthy Habits brings free exercise led by Cedars-Sinai health educators, to local parks in the West Adams district of L.A. Hundreds of people participate in 8 weeks of activities, which offer flexibility, aerobics, strengthening and dance workouts.
Healthy Habits brings camp-like after-school and summer activities to kids, inspiring their love of nutritious food and physical activity.