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As a former health and nutrition teacher and current parent, I know the importance of teaching good, healthy eating habits to kids. I have always been passionate about studying nutrition and feeding my family the healthiest whole-food options. That’s why I love the Hooray 4 Healthy curriculum being provided by the Life Time Foundation at Hooray4healthy.org. When I taught in the public school, I was shocked by the amount of junk food available in the schools to kids. I wished that there were more I could do, besides teaching my students about healthy eating. I am so glad somebody is working hard to make those changes now!
Physical activity and healthy food options are important for kids. And setting an example early in life is especially important for developing life-long habits. My kids see me make good choices in my diet each day and they see me make fitness a priority in my life. They understand it is important. Not all kids have those things being taught to them. So many in this country do not understand or teach nutrition.
Life Time Foundation hooray4healthy.org is dedicated to fixing the biggest problems with school food – processed, artificial and unhealthy foods being served to kids every day. Their focus is on removing “The Harmful 7” and empowering schools, teachers, and parents, to make it happen on their local community campuses.
The Harmful 7 are the ingredients in school lunches most associated with inadequate nutrition and harmful food items. Life Time Foundation hopes that by removing these 7, schools can make big improvements. The Harmful 7 are:
- Trans Fats & Hydrogenated Oils
- High-Fructose Corn Syrup
- Hormones & Antibiotics
- Processed & Artificial Sweeteners
- Artificial Colors & Flavors
- Artificial Preservatives
- Bleached Flour
Through the Life Time Foundation’s Hooray 4 Healthy FREE program, schools can help students in 1st-4th grade learn about staying healthy. In order to accomplish this, Life Time Foundation has created four videos to learn about the following topics:
1. Fruits & Vegetables
3. Whole Grains
This free program includes a 2-minute physical activity video, and a teacher guide “checklist” to assist the instructor in the leading the lesson, and a parent support guide to extend learning to the home with each lesson and other free resources. All of these lessons are available FREE at hooray4healthy.org.
I think teaching kids to eat enough vegetables is one of the hardest ones! We do that by involving them in growing a garden so they have fun watching them grow. I let them help pick out the vegetables we will cook and teach them to prepare them. There is always a variety of vegetables in the home for them to sample. We have a few types of vegetables at each meal. My kids eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and rarely fight them.
I know how difficult change can be for schools, but teachers can certainly lead the charge. When we start children in the right direction of health and wellness we help them create habits for success for the rest of their lives. Thankfully we don’t have to try to coordinate that totally on our own. Download free materials for teaching this nutrition series at hooray4healthy.org and get started changing the health of your schools and community today!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.