The CHILE Plus curriculum, The Child Health Initiative for Lifelong Eating and Exercise (CHILE) nutrition and physical activity curriculum, was developed by a
team from the University of New Mexico along with parents and teachers from Head Start. It was designed to improve the nutrition and physical activity
behaviors through meals, lessons, and activities.
The teachers at Youth Development, Inc. (YDI), utilize the CHILE Plus curriculum in our Head Start classrooms to provide the Head Start children with opportunities
to taste new fruits and vegetables in the Head Start classrooms. The curriculum is made up of 8 modules that are to be carried out over the course of two years,
then repeated. Each module consists of eight lessons: four fruit lessons and four vegetable lessons. There are three different types of lessons: Food Detectives,
Taste Testers, and Let’s Get Cooking. The children participate in the lessons by taking on the role of a food detective, taste tester, or chef. They get to taste fruit
or a vegetable in each lesson. Now that we are out of school and social distancing, we have adapted the lessons
so that parents can present the lessons to their children at home. We are hopeful that parents can incorporate the fruits and vegetables in meals and snacks at
We want families to be included in CHILE Plus activities since they are the gatekeepers to their children’s nutrition, health, and wellbeing. Through this
program, they will be involved as their children taste fruits and vegetables, participate in physical activities, receive recipes, newsletters, as well as
purchasing, cooking, and safety tips. We hope this allows you to continue allowing your child to participate in hands-on
educational activities on various nutrition and physical activity subjects and helps your family learn how to choose healthy foods and be more active together.