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What activities are you using during National Nutrition Month to teach your students about healthy eating habits?

Lynne Hoffman Apprentice
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March is designated as National Nutrition Month.  So much is happening in the area of healthy eating especially as it relates to children. Within the past year, First lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA has changed the famous food pyramid to a new look---“My Plate.” 


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You can see an overview of the five food groups at Food Groups - ChooseMyPlate.gov - USDA.  One of the reasons for this new graphic stems from the rising concerns of childhood obesity. A discussion in the PD Community--The specified item was not found.--references some good resources pertaining to children's nutrition and a list of Thinkfinity resources that relate to Childhood Obesity


More information is available in Sarah Ingraffea's blog--MyPlate Food Guide--found in the group All About Science.  She includes links to several resources including the Exercise and Nutrition Collection provided by ScienceNetlinks.


Duane Bolin provides a Wonderopolis link Wonder of the Day #177: What Is the Best After-School Snack? that explores the topic of after-school snacks in his discussion How Do You Encourage Healthy Eating Habits? found in the Physical Education group. He asks how parents communicate with their children about good nutrition and its impact on their health and performance.


Other National Nutrition Month Education and Media Resources are available online from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  They also provide National Nutrition Month Interactive Games including a quizz and videos for teaching students about food and nutrition.



Using the theme, “Eat Right with Color,” what lessons and activities will you use this month to focus on teaching your students about good eating habits and making “colorful” choices?




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