Wannabee Healthy? Promoting Healthy Behaviors in the Early Childhood Classroom

Participants will engage in the design and practice of developmentally appropriate health science instruction and hands-on activities for young children.  The Wannabee Healthy curriculum, an integrated math, science, creative expression, and language/literacy curriculum, will be used to explore health-related topics, the importance of sleep, and emotion regulation for school success. The Wannabee Healthy curriculum and instructional activities will be provided. 


Julie Parker

Asst. Professor, Mississippi State University

Julie Parker is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Mississippi State University. She currently serves as the early childhood specialist for Partnerships to Promote Healthy Lifestyles for Children and Families, a SEPA funded integrated project focusing on childhood obesity. She is the PI or Co-I on several research projects and has over 15 years of experience with projects specifically related to early care and education professionals’ perceptions of experiential learning and curriculum development.

Lori Elmore-Staton

Asst. Professor, Mississippi State University

Lori Elmore-Staton is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Mississippi State University. She received her B. S. degree in Psychology and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. Dr. Staton has conducted biophysiological research for more than 15 years, with a special emphasis on sleep and emotion regulation of young children. Her current work focuses on integrating biophysiological health research into education programs for teachers and parents.