Healthy eating and physical activity solutions for kids

Congrats to My Healthy Challenge Winners!

Thanks and congrats to these 3 Healthy Kids Challenge fans who make healthy living a habit! They not only take personal wellness seriously, they also help kids learn to make healthy choices every day. Check out their stories, and consider sending us yours!

Emily Encourages Eating Fruits & Veggies the FUN Way

“We incorporate a lot of fruits and vegetables into smoothies. My kids eat one every day that usually has 3-5 different fruits and veggies. We also like to do stir-fry or roasted veggies with 3-5 different veggies mixed in so there is something each child likes, plus something new to try. We also love to add fruits and vegetables to ice pops! One of our favorite recipes includes a peeled zucchini, a peeled cucumber, cut up pineapple and fresh lemon juice. You don’t even taste the veggies and they are super refreshing on a hot day!” – Emily Barker, Idaho

Lisa’s Library Activities Include Health

“For the first three story times during June, we served cookies and juice. For the last one, we offered oranges and Sun Chips and they were very popular! One mother specifically thanked us for having healthy snacks. She said her kids don’t like sweets. As part of story times, we used plastic fruit and vegetables for a word game with the puppet play “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.” Children were asked to pick a fruit or vegetable and then come up with another word that started with the same letter. They could then put the fruit/vegetable “into” the old lady’s stomach. They loved it!” – Lisa Moreland, Kansas

Lori Starts the School Day with Activity for Everyone!

We started a month long exercise program to start our morning at school. Once a week, the whole school participates in the “Chicken Fat” exercise CD. At first, I think the kids thought this was a lame idea. Now they look forward to this activity. Some of the teachers commented that they would like to have this activity every day. The PTSO bought two Big Bird costumes for the staff and principal to wear and surprise the students when they are exercising. – Lori McNutt, Michigan

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