The Food Friends: Get Movin' With Mighty Moves

Placement on Continuum of Evidence

Unclear with no evaluations or mixed results

Target Audience

The Food Friends: Get Movin’ With Mighty Moves program was developed for 3- to 5-year-old children participating in Head Start programs, but is available for other preschool-aged children’s programs as well.

Summary

Get Movin’ With Mighty Moves is an 18-week school-based or child care-based program that aims to encourage physical activity and improve gross motor development in early childhood. 

Evidence

We were unable to locate any peer-reviewed publications evaluating the effectiveness of the program.  The program was developed at the Colorado State University Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Components

Get Movin’ With Mighty Moves is an 18-week program that has a guide and materials for teachers and child care providers to engage preschool-aged children in structured movement activities intended to increase physical fitness and gross motor skills.  It was designed to compliment the developer’s Fun With New Foods* program which addresses picky eating.

The “Classroom Kit” contains a teacher guide and materials, such as activity mats, music CDs, and manipulatives like scarves and beanbags, for 20 children.  The program website has handoutsin Spanish as well as English to send to parents to inform them about the program and encourage their support (see www.foodfriends.org/teachers/home-connection-materials/ for more information).  Evaluation tools for tracking the gross motor skill changes of children participating in the program are also available (see www.foodfriends.org/teachers/evaluation-tools/ for more information). 

*A separate factsheet is available for The Food Friends: Fun With New Foods.

Previous Use

According to the program website, The Food Friends programs have been used throughout the United States as well as in Canada and Australia.  The developer indicated to us that the program is used at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO.

Training

The Food Friends website indicates that training is required.  Trainings are regularly offered in Colorado.  Alternately, trainers will travel to other locations for $1000 plus travel expenses to train large groups.  Contact information@foodfriends.org or 1-800-474-0289 for more information.

Considerations

The Food Friends: Get Movin’ With Mighty Moves program is intended to be used in complement to The Food Friends: Fun With New Foods program.  Both programs require staff training, funding to purchase the program kits, time to implement the structured activities with children during the day, and a way to print handouts to send home to parents.  Parent handouts are available in Spanish as well as English.

The Clearinghouse can help address these considerations.  Please call 1-877-382-9185, or email Clearinghouse@psu.edu

Implementation

If you are interested in implementing The Food Friends: Get Movin’ With Mighty Moves, the Clearinghouse is interested in helping you!  Please call 1-877-382-9185, or email Clearinghouse@psu.edu

Time

Get Movin’ With Mighty Moves is an 18-week program with 4 weekly lessons lasting 15-20 minutes each.  The structured activities are designed to be used within the normal daily routine of Head Start programs.

Cost*

The Get Movin’ With Mighty Moves kit containing the program guide and materials costs $675.

Evaluation Plan

To move Food Friends: Get Movin’ With Mighty Moves to the Promising category on the Clearinghouse Continuum of Evidence, at least one evaluation should be performed demonstrating positive effects lasting at least one year from the beginning of the program or at least six months from program completion.

The Clearinghouse can help you develop an evaluation plan to ensure the program components are meeting your goals.  Please call 1-877-382-9185, or email Clearinghouse@psu.edu

Contact

To contact the Clearinghouse about this program, please call 1-877-382-9185, or email Clearinghouse@psu.edu

You can also contact Food Friends by calling 1-800-474-0289, by faxing 1-800-435-1384, or by emailing information@foodfriends.org

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*Resources and associated costs reflect those identified at the time of fact sheet publication.

For information on the source of this material, please see the PDF version of this fact sheet.