University of Maryland Extension


Text4HealthyTots messages offer nutrition and physical activity ideas to parents of preschool-aged children.

Text4HealthyTots is a text message program targeting parents of children ages 3-5 that complements nutrition education in the preschool and kindergarten classrooms.  Text messages are targeted based on the age of the child and provide parents with nutrition and physical activity tips for feeding their children fruits and vegetables, healthy meal and recipe ideas and ways to be active as a family.  

Sample text mesages include:  

Incorporating the alphabet:
"Take your child to the grocery store & let them choose a fruit or veggie to try. Have them pick something that begins with the letter O or is the color orange."

Feeding picky eaters:
Have a picky eater?  Offer choices!  Rather than asking "Do you want broccoli for dinner?" ask "Which would you like for dinner broccoli or cauliflower?" 

Letting children help in the kitchen:

"Does your child help you in the kitchen?  Let them help make dinner this week.  Kids can wash fruits & veggies, measure and stir ingredients together."

 Being active while working on colors and shapes:

"Your child loves being active with you.  Walk around the neighborhood together. Have your child look for different fall colors and shapes while you walk."

To learn more about Text4HealthyTots contact Laryessa Worthington ( or call 410-715-6903.

Text4HealthyTots is part of the Healthy Tots, Healthy Families initiative. 

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