Professor Popcorn has “popped” back into classrooms with his new and improved curriculum. He tapped into MyPyramid and the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for nutrition essentials. A new and revised version is ready for kids to start exploring.
Exploring MyPyramid with Professor Popcorn encourages kids to experience food, enjoy food, explore food and get energized by food. The goal of the curriculum helps young people to develop into healthy adults by gaining an interest in eating healthy foods, using safe food-handling techniques and making physical activity part of their lifestyle. It is designed as a “grab and go” teaching tool for grades 1-6.
After a two year renovation, Professor Popcorn now offers a more experiential age-appropriate curriculum corresponding to MyPyramid. It focuses more on fruit and vegetable intake as well as including updated recipes and visuals.
A website with streaming video has been utilized for training with the 2006 version of the curriculum. In some counties, teachers have been trained by Purdue Cooperative Extension staff and together teach the program. Credit has been obtained from the Indiana Professional Standards Board for teachers.
Since the 2006 revision, Professor Popcorn has had an enormous impact on youth. Approximately, 11,810 children in 363 groups were taught either the interim or pilot program. These were all substantial increases from 2005. To date, Extension staff have taught and provided evaluation data for the Professor Popcorn program in 33 Indiana counties. More information regarding Exploring Nutrition with Professor Popcorn can be obtained by accessing the website at www.ces.purdue.edu/cfs/topics/EFNEP/professorpopcorn/index, or contact Donna Vandergraff, MS, RD at firstname.lastname@example.org.