Food and Your Kids
Posted On 12월 10, 2019
We are glad you have decided to participate in shaping your
child’s eating behavior. We know that poor nutrition is related to many health
problems. By opening our children’s minds and palates to the many wonderful and
delicious foods that are also health promoting we can prevent health problems
later in their lives. This program is designed to teach children how to make
healthful food choices and encourage them to practice these behaviors in their
home and school environments.
Here are some activities you can engage in with your kids to
help them learn about healthy eating:
World Wide Web
Visit Web sites for kids related to nutrition and health.
Food Guide Pyramid
Look for the pyramid on food packages. Does the label
describe which category the food belongs to? Use the food label to figure it
Call the free telephone numbers for food companies listed on
the food label and get free nutrition information.
Categorize the foods you have eaten together into the food
groups of the Food Guide Pyramid.
Food Shopping and Budgeting
Take your child on a trip to the supermarket, the farmers’
market, and a small convenience store. Ask your child to compare the produce
items that you find in each store. Look for freshness, variety, and cost. Talk
about the implications for choice and affordability. Compare stores in a large
city to stores in a suburban town. Talk about the implications for people
without a car or with a limited food budget.
Include your child in the preparation of your shopping list.
Encourage them to suggest healthful snacks and agree to the items that will be
purchased before leaving the house to reduce your child’s desire for Fats and
Bring your child to the store and encourage them to help you
select foods that are low in fat, sugar, and sodium.
Cooking and recipes
Plan to prepare a recipe from some of the foods your child
chose for the shopping list.
Compare a store-made or pre-made food with a similar recipe
you prepare together. What are the taste differences? What are the cost
Share a family food tradition. While preparing a traditional
recipe or recipes for a celebration, invite your child to participate and talk
about the significance of the recipe and the celebration.
Tasting and choosing foods
Establish a new food club with your child. Together create a
counting poster and mark each new food your child tastes. To make the counting
Use any sheet of paper, the size may determine what you will
use to designate the new foods your child tries.
Draw a grid on the paper with squares similar to a
checkerboard that can be filled in to mark the new foods. You decide how large
to make each square depending on what will go in them. We suggest using
stickers and writing in the name of each new food or allowing your child to
draw a picture of the new food.
Each time your child tries a new fresh fruit or vegetable, a
whole grain, or a combination of these foods let him or her fill in a square of
Other ideas you can add: Fill a square when your child tries
a food s/he did not like in the past. For added fun, include your child’s
friends in your new foods club.
Plants, plants and more plants
When sharing a snack together, try to guess what part of the
plant it is.
Draw a generic plant and label the parts.
Try growing some plant foods. Directions and information are
contained in the children’s section of the web site, Grow it Yourself.
Visit a local farm and find out how the grower produces his
or her crops. Compare an organic farm to a conventional farm. What are the
Learn about sustainable living and your child’s future by
contacting Mothers and Others for a Livable Planet. You can find this and other
web sites in Links for Parents (and Other Grown-Ups).
Visit a soup kitchen or food pantry to help prepare a meal.
If you live in Connecticut contact the Connecticut
Association for Human Services, at (860) 951-2212 to participate in an activity
to reduce hunger in your area. If you live elsewhere in the U.S., contact the
Food Research Action Center, FRAC, to find out what anti-hunger organizations
are in your area.