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Stoplight Healthy Living Program a “Go” for Consumers

A smiling woman holds a parfait glass filled with a healthy dessert.Seven individuals at SLI in Topeka completed the Stoplight Healthy Living Program in the spring of 2018. This program teaches people with intellectual and developmental disabilities ways to improve their nutrition and increase their physical activity.

DHP staff Dot Nary and Kim Bruns delivered the pilot program, which met once a week for six weeks at the group home site.

The five men and two women participants learned how to use a Stoplight method for choosing the foods they eat. In this approach, foods are assigned to color groups that remind the user how often to eat them: Green means “go” (eat often), yellow means “slow” (eat sometimes) and red means “whoa” (eat rarely).

The participants learned about the role of portion sizes and eliminating sugary drinks to eat healthier, how to choose healthy foods when eating out, and ways to increase their physical activity.

They also discussed how other people can help them stick with their new, healthier habits.The participants worked with the group home staff to make changes, such as buying whole wheat bread instead of white bread, offering sugar-free snacks, and serving water or milk with meals instead of soda.

The DHP plans to conduct the program at one more group home, then develop a training so others can deliver the Stoplight Healthy Living Program to Kansans with IDD around the state.

Pictured above right: A participant in the SLI program shows off the healthy dessert she made of yogurt, fruit and granola.

Pictured below: Participants use a "My Plate" placemat to practice filling their plates with the recommended food groups.

A placemat with a photo of a plate that is filled with photos of healthy foods.


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