REVIEW THE FOOD GROUPS:
The best way to start your kids on a healthy path is to model good eating yourself. Another way to help is to review a basic food guide as a family.
If you are looking for some information on the food groups try these sites:
NOTE: I made this worksheet a very basic thing. It is not very scientific and I tried to simplify the answers so that kids can understand what each vitamin and mineral does.
NOTE: I’m not a nutritionist and I’ve never studied food science or health or anything like that. I’ve based this worksheet purely on research I made online and in books and cookbooks I’ve read. I found a lot of information here: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/fruits-why.html
Check out this song about healthy eating made by nurses...
Teach your kids how to read food labels to tell what a serving is and what exactly they are eating.
Try these sites:
For information about food labels for kids: http://kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/food/labels.html
For printables: http://www.nourishinteractive.com/nutrition-education-printables/category/6-food-labels-worksheets-printables-teaching-kids-reading-food-labeling-nutrition-facts-free-learning-printouts-activity
This website has ideas for teaching Nutrition in the Classroom but could also work for using at home: http://www.healthyeatingpei.ca/healthy-children-youth/school-nutrition/teacher-resources/
For more about teaching kids about nutrition: http://www.nutritionforkids.com/
This is the site I found the nutritional information to give to my sons: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/fruit-nutrition.html
HERE ARE SOME MORE IDEAS TO PROMOTE HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES:
Older kids may be encouraged to eat better if they know what the foods they are eating do specifically to help their bodies.
Did you know...March is Nutrition month?
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HAVE A HEALTHY ME THEME DAY:
For additional family activities to educate your children about making healthy choices try our Healthy Me Theme Day.