Welcome Texas Home School Coalition Friends!
Equipped to Thrive™
Set your kids up for a lifetime of healthy living!
FEATURES & BENEFITS
What we believe about food, how it impacts our body and mind, and its role in our lives has a profound impact on the decisions we make every day.
An Equipped to Thrive™ subscription is NOT per child … it covers your entire family or team/club!
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For the entire family!
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for the entire team/club
This lesson provides practical tips and ways of planning and structuring meals and snacks to provide enjoyment, nutrition, and adequate energy. The core nutrition concepts regarding energy balance, protein, fat, carbohydrate, and micronutrients are put into practice.
This lesson helps students to understand and become aware of their appetite, satiety, and hunger cues. Building on the fundamentals from previous lessons, students dive deeper into topics including listening to our body’s signals, how food choices can impact the amount of food we consume, and the importance of developing this skill for maintaining a healthy body. Students also begin to explore our “food environment” and media influence with regard to food choices and the total amount of food we consume.
The goal of this lesson is to help students to understand how to apply what they’ve learned in developing a positive body image. Students will also explore how the media, their peers, and culture influence and shape the ways in which we view our own bodies as well as those around us.
This lesson helps students understand the key habits and healthy behaviors we can begin to implement that will set us up for long term success going into adulthood. This lesson is somewhat of a capstone for the course and students will be encouraged to spend some time considering specific habits and behaviors that they can begin to work on that may improve their overall health.
As a former homeschooling parent of two daughters, MNU certified nutritionist, and personal trainer, Jeff has a deep passion for learning, applying that knowledge, and educating others. His dedication to providing the best, most up-to-date, relevant, and evidence-based information is the driving force behind the Equipped to Thrive™ curriculum.
Equipped to Thrive™ Creator/Instructor
MNU Certified Nutritionist and Personal Trainer
Frequently asked questions
Once enrolled, you’ll find 2 versions of the course. The “Kids” version is aimed at kids in the 8-11 year old range while the “Teens” version is aimed at those 12 and up. Both courses cover the same core content so both your younger and older children will be learning the same basic content.
The private social community for the kids and teens consists of a Facebook-like area on the Hope Drives Me website. There is a separate group for each age group. All interactions are completely anonymous (no real names are exposed). There is no direct messaging feature so all conversations are public to the community. This network is completely private and only accessible to paid members of the Equipped to Thrive™ program. Being 100% under my control, each post and comment is read and monitored by myself or a moderator to ensure it is appropriate. I have also developed a profanity filter that filters out just about any profanity imaginable should a child or teen slip up. While 100% perfection is not possible, every possible safeguard is in place to ensure a safe, enjoyable, and uplifting experience. Finally, participation is 100% optional and requires parental consent. In addition, parents are welcome to join the group and observe conversations (please no commenting … save that for the parent group).
This allows me to provide the lowest possible cost with almost no barrier to entry for any family on just about any budget. Also, the ongoing support parents, coaches, and kids/teens receive as members of the program is invaluable for continuing to grow and develop a lifelong healthy lifestyle.
While this course does not encourage weight loss, dieting, food restriction, or attempting to change one’s appearance, it is not intended for those with an eating disorder or those recovering from an eating disorder. If your child has developed some worrisome eating habits, please contact me directly and I would be happy to recommend appropriate action.
I am definitely available to discuss live speaking engagements, seminars, workshops, etc. These can be done in person or via Zoom for your group, church, or organization. I am located in the Dallas, TX area. Please fill out the contact form and we can set up a time to meet over Zoom to discuss what you have in mind.
“Having met Jeff through my nutrition course working along side him for almost 2 years I can safely say he is my go to whenever I need help with anything nutrition or evidence related. Jeff has the ability to just understand science and to relay it to others in an easily digestible format. His knowledge is outstanding and he has an abundance of patience making him absolutely ideal to teach nutrition to children and teens. He is also one of the kindest and most helpful people I’ve met. I highly recommend Jeff as I know he will go above and beyond to help you with whatever goals you or your children have.”