Healthy eating and physical activity solutions for kids

Connect with Community and Family

HKC school and community events challenge kids and families to move more, and discover how to make healthy choices EASY. Try our AWESOME interactive events for health fairs and parent nights.

For Educators and Youth Leaders

How to Use Explore MyPlate with Limited Space

While excitement abounds about offering a real-life walking tour through MyPlate, space limitations might pose a barrier. Instead of setting up 7 - 8 ft. tables to showcase the interactive stations, why not try:

  • utilizing floor space for a MyPlate circle shape, with the colors and 5 food groups corresponding to their sections on MyPlate. And off to one side, two smaller areas for the Explore More and the Physical Activity stations.

  • stationing 7 smaller tables along one wall of a hallway or long room, but utilizing the length of the space to spread them as far apart as possible. This would allow additional physical activity, and better flow for participants.

  • placing classroom desks in a large square or rectangle, and designate every 4 desks as a food group/station. Kids could lead the healthy messages from inside the square, and the trail mix could be built away from it, such as by the door as people leave to go to the next activity.


How to Use Explore MyPlate to Promote Smart Snacks in School

Give ideas to kids and parents for tasty snacks in school and anywhere using the format of the Explore MyPlate event. For example, turn the colored sections into snack groups, and give tastes of snack ingredients. Combine fruits and vegetables into one snack group, and offer ideas such as pumpkin seeds, edamame, raisins, and freeze-dried apples. Offer snack group ideas for grains, proteins, and low-fat dairy. Hand out tip sheets containing ideas for classroom parties and school celebrations. For more ideas, order the Explore MyPlate event guide.


Through tips, activities and nutrition education curriculum, Healthy Kids Challenge® continuously strives to meet the challenge for healthier kids!  We recently asked schools and youth programs to send examples of how they are helping to meet the challenge!  Please join us in recognizing some of the ways those who submitted ideas for the Nutrition Education Tool Box Challenge are taking steps to help make a difference for a healthier tomorrow. - See more at: https://www.healthykidschallenge.com/healthy6-printables#sthash.uiQ9rJY3.dpuf
Through tips, activities and nutrition education curriculum, Healthy Kids Challenge® continuously strives to meet the challenge for healthier kids!  We recently asked schools and youth programs to send examples of how they are helping to meet the challenge!  Please join us in recognizing some of the ways those who submitted ideas for the Nutrition Education Tool Box Challenge are taking steps to help make a difference for a healthier tomorrow. - See more at: https://www.healthykidschallenge.com/healthy6-printables#sthash.uiQ9rJY3.dpuf

Get Ideas from the Nutrition Education Toolbox Challenge

Through tips, activities and nutrition education curriculum, Healthy Kids Challenge® continuously strives to meet the challenge for healthier kids!  We recently asked schools and youth programs to send examples of how they are helping to meet the challenge!  Please join us in recognizing some of the ways those who submitted ideas for the Nutrition Education Tool Box Challenge are taking steps to help make a difference for a healthier tomorrow.

How to Connect with Parents

Encourage Parents with Hear, See, Do Tips

  • Test out our free printable Parent Tips, and then purchase your own set to use as health fair handouts or in any way that fits your needs.
  • Cut and paste our WOWS newsletter Parent Tips into your own newsletters.
    • Lessen sugared sodas. For every sugared soda you drink each day, substitute a bottle or glass of water instead. An amazing savings in calories and sugar!

"We have enjoyed this program so much because it enabled us to focus on how we can help our parents help their children become healthier and better informed about the roles of good nutrition and exercise. The smiles on the faces of those we serve say it all."-Library Director, Sabetha, KS


Parents, How Can YOU Take the Healthy Kids Challenge?