Establishing healthy behaviors during childhood is easier and more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood. Parents play a key role in teaching children to make healthy choices for themselves. But in today’s busy world, this isn’t always easy. Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behaviors. Here are some tips to help you promote healthy nutrition with your kids.
Learn more about the nutrition standards for school meals.
Eat school breakfast or lunch with your child.
Review school menus with your child, and encourage them to try new menu items. CCSD has implemented ‘Taste It Tuesdays’ where they debut new menu items on the school lunch menu.
Talk with other parents about the benefits of the school meal programs.
Ask to join your child’s school wellness committee. The Principal will know who the Wellness Coordinator at their school is.
Suggest non-food alternatives for classroom celebrations to your child’s teacher. For example, give extra recess, have a dance party, or go on a special field trip.
Bring in healthy snacks (e.g., fruits, vegetables, whole grains, water) when responsible for contributing items to events and celebrations at school. Check with the teacher to see what their guidelines are and then consult the approved snacks list to make sure what you bring is in line with the Student Wellness Regulation, or use the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Smart Snack Calculator.
Make healthy snacks together with your child. This is an opportunity to learn about healthy food choices.
E-mail or discuss with other parents the importance of having healthy foods and beverages offered during events and celebrations.
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