Healthy Children - June 2017

Make Nutrition Fun

Learn more about nutrition as a family by incorporating facts and information until fun games and activities! Add some of these fun ideas to your family’s nutrition learning list!

Dance Party – Get moving and have fun with tunes that teach kids about the 5 food groups in an upbeat way. For a fun twist have kids make up a signature dance move for each food group and do it each time that food group is mentioned. https://www.choosemyplate.gov/videos-songs

MyPlate Printable Activities and Coloring Sheets – Print these activity sheets for kids to learn more about healthy eating. https://www.choosemyplate.gov/kids-activity-sheets
Blast Off Game - In this online game, kids must fuel up their MyPlate spaceship with smart food choices and physical activity to fly to Planet Power. https://www.choosemyplate.gov/games

Kid’s Restaurant – Let the kids be the chef. Kids get to plan out the meal, design a menu for you and prepare the dish. Use this printable template to get them started. https://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/tn/Menu_508.pdf

MyPlate Challenges – The SuperTracker interactive tool is a great way for kids to find out what and how much to eat and track their foods. You can also use SuperTracker to create an interactive MyPlate challenge for your family. Encourage healthy eating and physical activity through friendly competition. https://www.choosemyplate.gov/tools-supertracker

MyPlate Checklist Calculator – Enter your age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity level to get a personalized daily food plan showing what and how much to eat within your calorie allowance.

Grow a Garden – Get tweens and teens involved in family meals with gardening. You can start small, with a window her box in your kitchen or a garden in your yard.
Learn Where Your Food Comes from – Helping kids learn about the source of their food and the people who produce it may motivate them to make healthy choices. Attend a local farmer’s market or farm stand as a family and gather ingredients for a meal to cook together. Find a market near you!

Tip Sheets for Teens – Young people experience many changes during their tween and teen years. Building healthy food and physical activity habits will help them now and as they enter adulthood. These tips can help them take charge and learn to make their own choices.  https://www.choosemyplate.gov/teens

Summer Food, Summer Moves Activity Guides for Families – These guides provide tons of great ideas to help families be active and maintain healthy eating patterns while school is out. https://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/summer-food-summer-moves