KidQuest is a school based nutrition and physical activity program designed especially for pre-adolescents in the 5th and 6th grade. Since the program’s inception in 2004, the development of this curriculum has been supported by pilot testing in South Dakota schools and guided by the results of research efforts.
This fun nutrition and physical activity program is divided into 8 lessons:
- MyPlate and Portion Sizes
- Label Lingo and Snacks
- Think Your Drink
- Eating Out
- Fruits and Veggies
- Grains and Breakfast
- Media Messages
Each lesson is supported by educational presentations including hands on group activities, activity supplements, healthy homework and physical activity lessons (PALS). The Leader’s Guide provides your outline for implementing the materials. Evaluation tools, content standards and surveys are included for use at the discretion of the KidQuest program provider..
Still wondering if this is the right program for your classroom or youth group? View the sample of the materials included for Lesson One: MyPlate and Portion Sizes. (Note – the sample includes the speaker’s notes for the presentation but does not include a copy of the presentation. Actual presentation files (in Microsoft PowerPoint) will be included with your purchase.)
Purchasing the Curriculum
With your purchase, you will receive printed and electronic copies of the Leader’s Guide, presentations, activity supplements and healthy homework. Current versions of Adobe Acrobat Reader and Microsoft PowerPoint are required to access the files. Once you have placed your order and completed the checkout process, the files will be available for download in your account within 2 business days. Please direct questions related to the status of your order to iGrow (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Online Training Videos
The KidQuest Leader’s Guide is designed to provide the user with a detailed yet simple to follow instructional tool to foster the delivery a really great KidQuest program. In addition to the Leader’s Guide, a set of training videos have been developed to facilitate program preparation and maximize your intervention outcomes.
Making an Impact
- Since it’s inception in 2004, KidQuest has been pilot tested and evaluated for efficacy in over 40 SD schools with self reported surveys. Improvement seen in overall fruit and veggie intake, decrease in sweetened beverage intake and increases in food label reading.
- Beginning in 2009, additional research components have included objective anthropometric and biochemical measures with pre, post and 12 month data.
- To date, eight SDSU graduate students and two UNL graduate students have utilized or are planning to utilize the KidQuest program and data collection for their Master’s/Dissertation work.
- Jensen BJ, Kattelmann K, Ren C, Wey H (2009). The Efficacy of KidQuest: A Nutrition and Physical Activity Curriculum for 5th and 6th Grade Youth. Journal of Extension, 47(3).
- Kemmer TM, Jensen B, Beranek K, Graumann J, Bumaryoum N. Teens Teaching Tweens: Food, Fitness and Fun. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2010;44: S76. (Abstract) Jensen B, Kemmer TM.
- Teens Benefit as the Teachers for a School-based Nutrition and Physical Activity Program Targeting Fifth Graders. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2012;44: S45. (Abstract).
- University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) is utilizing KidQuest as part of a research study:
Comments from Participants
“My students looked forward to the KidQuest team coming into our classroom. They were interested and engaged in all areas of the lessons.” 5th grade teacher
“We went out to eat recently and my son told me all about the fat in some of the items and said we should pick something healthier.” 5th grade parent
“It is such a great curriculum! I can tell a Mom created it because of how much kids enjoy it.” Linda Quade, EFNEP/FNP
Nutrition Assistant with SDSU Extension