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smart eating!

Teacher with student in classroom, pouring liquidWISE models, teaches, and promotes healthy food attitudes in programs that serve children preschool to elementary.

Kids who eat healthy become adults who eat healthy. Educators use WISE to encourage kids and families to discover fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruits in authentic, developmentally appropriate ways.

WISE delivers 3 education components:



We use food experiences, songs, games and activities to help children explore WISE foods and learn healthy eating concepts. The program includes

  • Lesson plans for units focused on 8 different fruits and vegetables
  • Budget-sensitive recipes
  • Fun activities and learning center ideas to integrate food experiences with other learning domains, such as math and reading.

Family Engagement

Technology helps WISE connect to families in appealing ways!

  • Take-home activities and recipes
  • An owl mascot, Windy Wise, who brings letters from local farmers to families
  • Automated content and support for classroom Facebook page

Educator Training

Our 6-hour research-based training covers

  • The impact of educators as role models
  • Recommendations for positively influencing children’s eating habits.
  • How to implement WISE in the classroom.


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The WISE curriculum includes 8 units, each on a different target food. Each unit introduces new, creative recipes, learning center ideas, and activities. Do them all or pick and choose to suit your program.

Apples curriculum example

Creative Ideas, Step-by-Step Guidance

discovery unit example


Proven Results!

WISE is effective at increasing fruit and vegetable intake at home.  That’s because WISE was developed using emerging science and parent surveys. Look at the results for an Arkansas Head start program:

Number of Families Eating Target Foods Twice Per Week or More
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Parent and child at home preparing healthy meal

We surveyed 806 low income parents and found that 60% used multiple technologies on a daily basis. Plus, they were interested in receiving nutrition and parenting info via technology.

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Publications about WISE

Swindle, T., Ward, W. L., Bokony, P.A., Pettit, D., & Whiteside-Mansell, L. (2014). Technology use and preference by low-income parents of young children: Demographic patterns and implications for intervention. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2014.06.004

Ward, W. L., Swindle, T., Kyzer, A., Whiteside-Mansell, L. (2014).  Low Fruit/Vegetable Consumption in the Home: Cumulative Risk Factors in Early Childhood.  Early Childhood Education Journal. Advance online publication.  doi: 10.1007/s10643-014-0661-6

Swindle, T., & Whiteside-Mansell, L. (2014). Structured Food Experiences: A Preliminary Evaluation of the WISE Curriculum. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46(4), S133.

Swindle, T., Whiteside-Mansell, L., Bokony, P., & Ward, W. (2014). Nutrition Experiences of Early Childhood Educators: Current and Retrospective Reports. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46(4), S172.

Swindle, T., Ward, W.L., Whiteside-Mansell, L., Brathwaite, J., Bokony, P.A., Conners-Burrow, N., & McKelvey, L.M. (2013) Pediatric nutrition: Parenting impacts beyond financial resources. Clinical Pediatrics. doi: 10.1177/0009922813505904

Swindle, T. & Whiteside-Mansell, L. (2014, June). Structured Food Experiences: A Preliminary Evaluation of the WISE curriculum. Poster submitted to Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

Swindle, T. & Whiteside-Mansell, L., McKelvey, L. (2012). Food Insecurity: Validation of a two-item screen using convergent risks. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 22 (7), 932-941. doi:10.1007/s10826-012-9652-7

Ward, W.L., Swindle, T., Kyzer, A., Whiteside-Mansell, L. (in press). Early Childhood Fruit/Vegetable Consumption in the Home: Cumulative Risk Factors. Early Childhood Education Journal.

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 WISE is funded by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competition Grant No. 2011-68001-30014 titled “Interventions for Obesity Prevention Targeting Young Children in At-Risk Environments: An Integrated Approach” from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture