LANA- Learning About Nutrition through Activities

(Early Preschool, Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness)


Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 1.36.27 PMStepping Stones Early Learning Center is a proud partner with the Minnesota Department of Health in implementing LANA. The goal of LANA and Stepping Stones is to promote the consumption of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. This is accomplished by providing:

  • Hands-on classroom activities
  • Math, Science, Literacy, Dramatic play, Art, and Sensory projects based on selected fruits and vegetables each week throughout the year.
  • Nutrition based books
  • Parent-child take home and/or online activities
  • Creating a healthy and diverse menu
  • Classroom taste testing

Stepping Stones has received specialized training from the Minnesota Department of Health on 8 LANA food lessons. In 2013, Stepping Stones expanded the LANA concept by developing exclusive nutrition lessons designed to provide year-round lessons about nutrition and increasing the number of fruits and vegetables to 32.

LANA Fruits & Vegetables

  • Tomato
  • Broccoli
  • Apricot
  • Sweet Red Pepper
  • Strawberry
  • Kiwi
  • Sweet potato
  • Sugar Snap Peas 

Stepping Stones additional fruits & vegetables lessons

  • Zucchini
  • Cranberries
  • Chickpeas
  • Black beans
  • Pineapple
  • Cherries
  • Spinach & Kale
  • Winter Squash
  • Rhubarb
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Peaches
  • Cucumber
  • Raspberries
  • Celery
  • Avocado
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet Corn
  • Cauliflower
  • Mangos
  • Watermelon
  • Blueberries
  • Green Beans
  • Pomegranate