February 20, 2017
Next month is National Nutrition® Month. If you haven’t had time to plan and implement the suggestions provided in each of the February WOWS Newsletters for American Heart Month, there is good news. All of the “mini lessons” are appropriate to use during National Nutrition Month, too.
To summarize last month’s Healthy Kids Challenge Newsletter and Blog content:
- Ideas to create awareness of the importance of making choices for a healthier heart.
- Talking points and “mini lesson” ideas for each of the Healthy6 Habits that contribute to healthier hearts.
- Tips for healthy Valentine’s Day parties.
- Actions for practices, policies and environments that support choices for healthy hearts.
February 6, 2017
February is American Heart Month. The HKC Newsletter, WOWS, has been recognizing the significance of the month by connecting awareness building ideas with mini lessons to build habits for healthy hearts. HKC’s Healthy6 are the cornerstone for both our comprehensive nutrition education, Balance My Day, and the mini lesson suggestions found here.
Snack Attack “Mini Lesson”
- Talking Points:
According to the American Heart Association, choosing less added sugar helps keep a heart healthy. Many of us are choosing much more added sugar than recommended. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans identify Food Category Sources of Added Sugars in the U.S. Population Ages 2 Years and Older as 31% coming from snacks and sweets and 47% from beverages. Limit added sugar to less than 10% of calories. (Calorie needs differ by age, gender and activity level. Choose MyPlate Checklist describes calorie needs for different age groups.)
Collect and review Nutrition Facts Labels of foods that contain added sugar such as candy, cakes, cookies, fruit drinks, and soft drinks. Determine the added sugar content per serving. For visual impact, use sugar cubes or teaspoons of sugar to represent the amount of sugar in one serving. (1 sugar cube = 1 teaspoon = 4 grams)
January 16, 2017
Build awareness of the benefits of healthy lifestyles by “showing off wellness.” The Healthy Kids Challenge Healthy6 is a set of healthy habits from which to build messages. Educators and students have found these easy to use and remember. Creating bulletin boards and displays enhance the “see, hear and do” of the Healthy Kids Challenge Balance My Day Curriculum or stand alone to create awareness.
Consider all the ways the Healthy6 can be used:
- Fruits & Veggies – Every Day the Tasty Way
- Active Play, Balance My Day
- Breakfast GO Power
- Smart Servings
- Drink Think
- Snack Attack
See HKC’s January 18th WOWS Newsletter for great ideas for showing of wellness.
November 14, 2016
In this month’s WOWS Newsletters, we are talking about Taste and Learn. It is another example of Healthy Kids Challenge’s signature Hear-See-Do learning. Learning is enhanced when kids can visualize (see) the message they are hearing and they practice the behavior (do).
Any time you can get kids to help in the kitchen is a great time. Starting with Halloween and through the end of the end of the year, we see a surge in access to sugary holiday sweets! Taste and Learn activities can give a boost to a balanced approach.
Along with cooking, recall the Healthy Kids Challenge Healthy6 for healthful holiday balance:
- Fruits & Veggies Every Day the Tasty Way! At parties and holiday meals, plan to include and choose fruits and veggies.
- Breakfast GO Power. Skipping meals to save up before a party isn’t a good strategy. Having a healthy snack before a party can help you eat less.
- Drink Think. Water is always a great choice.
- Smart Servings. Eating holiday candies and cookies is okay; just eat smaller portions less often.
- Active Play Every Day. Turn off the electronics. For healthy balance, do something that gets you moving and that you enjoy for at least an hour every day.
August 16, 2016
AWE-some CHANGE is a measure which you can use to determine the potential success of your actions. HKC coined these acronyms that refer to actions that are…
(For intended audiences)
Appealing and fun
Welcoming and inviting
(and for those implementing actions)
Easy and simple
Repetition of memorable healthy messages helps to further the effectiveness of actions. For example, Healthy Kids Challenge uses catchy names for healthy habits. One of the Healthy6 Habit is Active Play Every Day. Using the name as part of a fun activity helps make physical activity even more appealing. Active Play Every Day, Makes Me Want to Dance is an example of a Healthy Kids Challenge AWE-some activity idea. Kids practice dance steps in PE and are encouraged to teach them to family members. At different times, such as at field days, as a reward, or at a dance party, kids are encouraged to perform the steps.
February 19, 2016
National School Breakfast Week starts on March 7th. This year’s theme is Wake Up to School Breakfast. Please share this photo and help us spread the word! https://schoolnutrition.org/nsbw/
February 12, 2016
Help kids connect the happiness of special celebrations with healthy choices.
Popcorn. Low-fat and sprinkle with seasoning.
Parfaits. Low fat yogurt or pudding, fruit, and granola.
Frozen yogurt popsicles. Blenderize low-fat fruited yogurt, berry juice and berries and freeze.
Mini-bagel pizzas. Whole grain bagels halves, pizza sauce, part-skim mozzarella cheese.
Mini waffles. Whole grain frozen waffles, low-fat cream cheese, fruit.
Trail mix. Whole grain low sugar cereals, nuts, seeds, dried fruit.
Fruit kabobs. Alternate seasonal or favorite colors and shapes.
Raw veggies with dip. Different colors, shapes and sizes add appeal.
Chips and salsa. Whole grain chips with veggie or fruit salsa.
Refreshing, ice cold water
Fruit infused water
Sparkling water with a splash of 100% fruit juice
Veggie Taste Testing Fun: Provide familiar raw veggies such as celery, carrot and green pepper sticks, but then provide some unique veggie samples to taste test and rate like sweet potato, jicama, Chinese cabbage, turnips and rhubarb.
Fruit Taste Testing Fun: Provide familiar fresh apple, orange and banana slices, but also include unique fruits like mango, pineapple, berries and star fruit. (Optional: Include dried fruit samples like apricots, cranberries, prunes, and cherries.)
Build your own trail mix: Offer choices of low sugar, whole-grain cereals, seeds or nuts, dried fruits and snack crackers. Kids scoop appropriate serving sizes of their choices into individual plastic baggies.