Kids learn by example, right? Most are not getting food education in school, and with the family home-cooked meal becoming an anachronism in our fast-paced lives, where will they learn food rules for life—or at least get a framework for healthy eating habits?
Carole Carson, author of From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction (Hound 2007), has gathered these free interactive kids’ nutrition resources to help teach kids the basics about nutrition. Pass them along to your clients as a handout, or post them on your facility walls.
- Monster Nutrition. Mungo the nutrition monster will eat everything in his path. Kids must quickly choose what to feed him: the healthier their choices, the higher their score. www.nutritionexplorations.org/kids/activities/monster.asp.
- MyPyramid Blast Off. Kids can reach outer space by fueling a rocket with healthy foods and physical activity. Each food group has a separate fuel tank so kids can keep track of how their choices fit into the food pyramid. www.mypyramid.gov/kids/kids_game.html.
- Nutrition Tracker. This downloadable game encourages kids to keep track of what they eat and compares their food choices with the daily recommended servings for each food group. www.nutritionexplorations.org/kids/activities/tracker.asp.
- Chef Solus’s Cooking School. Kids cook with Chef Solus by following recipes and learning about healthy food choices. www.nourishinteractive.com/en/kids/solus-cooking-game/solus-cooking-game.
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