Obesity Prevention

Based on NOK founder Donna Terjesen’s experience as the first curriculum director for the Children’s Aid Society’s preschool food and fitness program, and as a health counselor and mom, Donna recognized the importance of teaching parents that it’s never too early to introduce healthy lifestyle habits to children in order to prevent childhood obesity before it starts. Nourish Our Kids distinguishes itself by implementing an early-intervention curriculum that relies on two key principles: recognition that a child’s early years are a valuable time to instill values and knowledge to guide children as they get older, and that exercise alone will not prevent obesity; it must be accompanied by nutrition education and lifestyle changes among the entire family.

NOK’s Healthy Lifestyle Curriculum takes a refreshing, innovative approach to teaching young children, ages 4-7, how to embrace a healthy lifestyle. Our curriculum is designed to inspire and encourage good healthy eating and active lifestyle principles by introducing The NOK Rockers as the children’s healthy role models. The NOK Rockers characters are incorporated into the lesson plans throughout the six weeks to encourage and lead the lesson plans using stories, the NOK theme song, games, art projects, movement and cooking projects.

NOK’s six-week curriculum builds on simple age-appropriate concepts to teach kids about good nutrition, healthy body development, exercise and the fun of exploring healthy foods as the weeks progress. In teaching children in school, at home and in their environment of fun and play, NOK’s multi-media approach provides an excellent opportunity to influence children’s decision making about food, health and wellness early, which in return supports a lifetime of good habits. Children are encouraged to share what they learned with their families.

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  • In this "fast food nation" of ours today, Donna Terjesen, Nutritional Health Counselor, CEO and Founder of Nourish Our Kids, Inc., has set the tone for aiding parents in a calmer, healthier and most positive way.  She gives simplistic and realistic solutions without medicating our children.  She rewards our children and validates their presence in our lives.  Donna's teachings have given another effective dimension to Parenting Skills Improvement.  I wouldn't want to be without Donna on my team, in supporting the families of today.

    Marriage and Family Therapist
    Steinway Child and Family Services, MA