Healthy eating and physical activity solutions for kids

Hands-on Helps Sell Healthy Habits

Kids (and adults) learn better when they can hear-see-and-do. As noted in an Eatright (the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) posting, How to Sell “Healthy” to Kids…

“Children are black-and-white thinkers and learn best by hands-on activities. To tell them vegetables are healthy pales in comparison to letting them make a salad or help with a stir-fry. Teens, on the other hand, may want to eat healthy if there is an immediate benefit: a leaner body, more energy, or clearer skin. ‘Healthy’ has to have some pay off for teens.”

To sell “healthy” at home, use MyPlate as a guide and let kids help plan menus and grocery shop along with age appropriate preparation of menu items. At school and youth organization events, use hands-on activities that get kids involved such as the one in a recent Healthy Kids Challenge WOWS newsletter.