GOOD FOR ME!
With generous support from the Walmart Foundation, the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) has developed the Good for Me! program, a key component of our national initiative to promote culturally-relevant healthy nutrition and fitness practices among Black families with young children. Since 2011, we have reached more than 50,000 individuals, including children, parents, and educators across the country. The goal of our initiative is to improve outcomes for young children of color by providing strengths-based resources that are reflective of our children's families, cultures, and communities.
Rigorous evaluation, as conducted by Child Trends, the nation's leading nonprofit research organization, indicates that Good for Me! is culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate, and easy to implement. Highlighted outcomes from our Health and Wellness program include:
- Parents reported that their families ate home cooked meals more often as a result of program participation.
- Staff members reported that Good for Me! increased students' consumption of healthy foods in the classroom while improving their knowledge of and comfort with a range of fruits and vegetables.
- Families reported an increase in the consumption of fruits and vegetables and a decrease in the consumption of fast food and soda.
- 75% of all parents reported that the family engagement events helped "a lot" in their understanding of how to choose healthy meals for their families.
- 100% of participating parents agreed that the program had positive impacts on their lives and on their children's lives.