Teaching Children Nutrition: A Resource Guide
Parents want the best for their children. The BEST education...the BEST clothes...the BEST toys. But, there is one area that parents may neglect - nutrition! It's never a parents intention to neglect proper nutrition, but it's a common trend to overlook the long term importance of establishing solid nutritional habits for their children; and even for parents themselves as they must lead by example.
This is an area that I am passionate about for my family and friends. I've compiled a couple of useful tools that are helpful to teach nutrition. Keep in mind, that it's a family effort and strive for PROGRESS, not PERFECTION.
1) Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Campaign
Why? Jamie Oliver presents the issues that should concern every parent in the U.S. caused by our obesogenic environment (e.g., rising rates of childhood obesity, diabetes, etc). His website is filled with tips on how to start a community campaign to address local food systems such as school cafeterias, how to educate kids on where their food comes from, and tips for families to get in the kitchen and cook with their kids. Check out the video on his site! Also, HERE is a quick guide to his Food Revolution.
2) The ABC's of Nutrition
The name says it all.
Knowing what your food is made of can be very powerful in making healthy food choices. The guide helps to "demystify" the food label for children.
4) Final thoughts
Most importantly, teaching your kids how to prepare and cook meals is the most powerful way to establish the important of a nutritionally sound lifestyle. All that children learn will come together nicely when they experience the joy of cooking!
Again, strive for PROGRESS...not PERFECTION!