Kid Eats

Kid Eats app

A new interactive app named Kid Eats, designed to help parents and teachers promote healthy eating and introduce cooking skills, is now available at the Apple app store. The program incorporates youth-adult partnerships, with adult and child working together in the kitchen. Designed for youth grades three to six, the app is a collaborative effort between UConn Extension 4-H Fitness and Nutrition Clubs In Motion, a 4-H STEM after school program funded through USDA-NIFA, and the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Media Productions. Kid Eats app is currently compatible with iPad iOS 11.0 or later.

The UConn team brought their nutrition and health promotion background to the project while NMSU Media Kid Eats app visualproductions developed the app. The teams created the app to pilot the effectiveness of video instruction to encourage healthy habits. UConn 4-H FANs IM was designed to promote healthy eating and exercise for youth, through fun and engaging activities.

The app includes a step-by-step instructional recipe, while directing users to the KidEats website, which includes seven recipe videos along with one on safe knife skills. Recipes are available to download and include, Banana Breakfast Cookies, Fruit Slushies, Garden Salsa, Hummus Dip with Veggies, Kale Chips, Tortilla Pizza and Sautéed Veggies. The teams plan to expand the app to include additional kitchen skills, recipes and Spanish videos.

By Kim Colavito Markesich

Build a Rain Garden

raingarden app smartphone Hartford rain garden

Want to build a beautiful garden that also helps to protect local waterways? Let the NEMO Rain Garden App show you how.

Spring means the urge to create gardens.  Spring also means rain and polluted runoff flowing into the street, down the storm drain, and into the local brook or wetland.  Why not solve both problems in one fell swoop, and build a “rain garden” that helps to soak in the runoff from your roof, driveway or patio?

CLEAR’s NEMO Program has aFREE smart phone app with all the information you need, including sections on locating, sizing, building and planting your rain garden.  It’s available for both iOS and Android systems, and takes no time at all to download.  The iOS version includes CT plus 12 other states (!?)

PS: No smart phone?  No problem.  All the same information and tools are on the NEMO Rain Garden website.