BASIC NUTRIENTS:

Older kids may be encouraged to eat better if they know what the foods they are eating do specifically to help their bodies. 


Print out a copy of my Matching Nutrients Worksheet and work together as a family to figure out what each vitamin and mineral does to help your body.  Here is the Answer Key for Matching Nutrients.

Did you know...March is Nutrition month?

OTHER WEBSITES:

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:

Top Food - Other Healthy Ideas


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...


HAVE A HEALTHY ME THEME DAY:

For additional family activities to educate your children about making healthy choices try our Healthy Me Theme Day.

FOOD LABELS:

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

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