Pre-schooler training program at VSU

Child-care center providers, family day-care home providers, kindergarten teachers, extension agents, health educators, nutrition consultants and others who work with young children are invited to attend a “Color Me Healthy” provider training session.

The program is scheduled for Monday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in room 301A of the L. Douglas Wilder Building on Virginia State University’s campus.  Free and open to the public, the program is a collaborative effort between Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Department of Health.

“Color Me Healthy” is an interactive program designed to teach 4 to 5-year old pre-schoolers how eating healthy food and maintaining an active lifestyle are fun.  Pre-schoolers learn this lesson through the use of color, music and sense perception.

Training sessions will be conducted by Dr. Carolyn Dunn, professor and nutrition specialist with the North Carolina Extension Service at North Carolina State University.  Dunn is co-author of the Color Me Healthy nutrition and physical activity program for children.

Participants will receive 4.5 hours of professional development credit upon completion.  Participants should arrive and check in promptly between 9:15 and 9:30 a.m.

Since lunch will be provided, pre-registration is mandatory.  To register contact Charla Todd, VSU program support specialist, at (804) 524-5966 or e-mail her at  

Anyone needing special services or accommodations should specify such during pre-registration.

For details on the program, contact Dr. Novella J. Ruffin, VSU child development/parent education extension specialist, at (804) 524-5257 or e-mail


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