Teaching Health and Nutrition: online resources

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Good eating habits and choosing healthy food can be taught when children are young, and hopefully, will stay with them through adulthood. When I was little I drank kool-aid, ate Wonder white bread that I would load up with potato chips and squish between my fingers to a thickness of a piece of paper. I had a small weekly allowance that I used to try every type of candy known in America and there were very few that I didn’t like. That was good eating in my book! My wonderful mom would lecture me on my poor eating habits and would try to steer me toward better food choices, but it really wasn’t until I had my own children that I changed my wicked eating ways and began to realize that the extra weight I was carrying was not “Baby Fat” that I had acquired while being pregnant.

I’ll never forget the day my mom and I went to a local food market and I had loaded the cart with fruits, vegetables, and fresh whole grain bread. My mom looked in my cart and was beaming as she said, “I am so proud of you! You have such healthy food in your cart!” Bless my mom’s heart, her lecturing had paid off! Now, I find myself lecturing  from time to time to my own sons. 🙂

The good news for you is you don’t have to give boring lectures about food groups. There are a great number of resources available to help you with this topic. This week I have chosen to give you some websites that have online games.

Websites:

Nutrition for Kids Here are some fun online games that teach and reinforce food groups. My favorite game is called Food Drop and I must admit that I spent waaay too much time on it!

The National Dairy Council has a variety of online games that are from young elementary through upper elementary.

Blast Off Game is an online that your future astronaut is sure to enjoy. Food and exercise is the key to fueling the rocket to arrive at your destination Planet Power.

Enjoy your day and don’t forget to make wise food choices. 🙂

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