Healthy Alternatives for Little Ones

Empowering young children to make healthy choices.

HALO Overview

Healthy Alternatives for Little Ones is an evidenced-based, developmentally appropriate health education and prevention program for
3-6 year-old children. HALO is designed to provide information to help children build skills for growing up in healthy ways so they become,
“Bigger, Stronger and Better Able to Think!” HALO is available in English or Spanish.

 

To purchase your HALO Curriculum & Training DVD and other HALO items, visit the HALO Store today!
HALO t-shirts are available for your little ones and for teachers! Contact (877) 553-3001 or info@HALOforkids.org for details.

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HALO is a Proven Winner

The HALO Program is accepted by the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) as worthy of national recognition and distribution. NREPP is a program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), whose mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

Learn more at NREPP.


Learn About HALO

Preschool is the perfect time to learn positive life skills. In fact, studies have shown that life-long values are formed at this age and children as young as three can understand discussions about alcohol and tobacco. HALO adopts a positive, loving approach that empowers children with knowledge and confidence. HALO promotes understanding choices as healthy or harmful, rather than “good” and “bad.” Children eagerly embrace the concept of a healthy choice, rather than passively acknowledging that a behavior is good or bad. Click to watch video.

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Learn About the HALO Curriculum

Preschool is the perfect time to learn positive life skills. In fact, studies have shown that life-long values are formed at this age and children as young as three can understand discussions about alcohol and tobacco. HALO adopts a positive, loving approach that empowers children with knowledge and confidence. HALO promotes understanding choices as healthy or harmful, rather than “good” and “bad.” Children eagerly embrace the concept of a healthy choice, rather than passively acknowledging that a behavior is good or bad. Click to watch video.

Learn about the HALO Curriculum


HALO Is a Proven Winner!

HALO explains how both healthy and harmful choices ultimately affect a child’s mental and physical well-being by teaching social skills, emotional awareness, and how the body’s organs work. The program includes original HALO songs, fun activities with HALO’s Healthy vs. Harmful picture recognition cards, or the anatomy apron — to strengthen protective factors and reduce risk factors by helping children develop resiliency skills: self-discipline, an internal locus of control, problem-solving strategies, and tolerance of people and situations different from their own. Click to watch video.

Learn more at NREPP.


See What Parents Say About HALO!

In addition to being nationally honored, HALO is cheered by parents, providers, prevention professionals, and funders alike. It is both kid-friendly and supported by documented child development and prevention research.
Each of the twelve HALO units includes pre-written “HALO Parent Involvement Letters” so the HALO lesson and the messages can be reinforced at home. Children that learn HALO often remind their parents about healthy choices, which often prompts a parent to stop smoking or to eat healthier meals.
The Nebraska Urban Indian Health Center in Omaha NE worked with HALO to revise these letters into an “easy reader” version, to engage parents with limited language skills. Through these shared experiences at home, children learn how adults in their lives are caring and supportive. Ask about our “easy reader” letters.
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Through HALO, children . . .

• acquire a strengthened sense of self.
• learn to say “no” to things that are harmful.
• learn to recognize, label and express feeling in appropriate ways.
• practice communication skills.
• obtain information about the harmful effects of tobacco and drugs.
• learn safety precautions for medicines.
• learn the importance of good nutrition and physical activity.
• practice techniques to reduce stress.
• increase acceptance of cultural diversity.
The HALO Headquarters is located in Omaha, NE and is a program of Heartland Family Service.