Nutrition

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created dietary guidelines to provide advice on how to give kids a healthy, well-balanced diet. The guidelines advise that kids eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains than in the past. The "Choose My Plate" initiative was devised as a food guidance system to ensure that American's are eathing the proper amount of each food group. Click on the plate below to find out more!

 

Tips for creating healthy eaters:

  • Eat a good breakfast. Kids who eat breakfast tend to do better in school and have fewer issues with their weight.

 

  • Stock a “treat drawer” or bin in the refrigerator with helathy snacks such as yogurt, carrot sticks, pretzels, cheese, whole-grain crackers and nuts. If healthy snacks are readily available, kids will be more likely to choose them over junk food.

 

  • Allow dessert. Try to choose sweet treats that also pack a nutritional punch like fruit, frozen yogurt and graham crackers, but try to limit   to 2 to 3 times a week instead of every day.

 

  • Good choices are available at fast food restaurants. Try select the regular size sandwich and choose whole grain buns, broiled meats, salads with low-fat dressing on the side, fruit parfaits, plain baked potatoes or soup.

 

  • Serve meals without distractions and eat dinner as a family at the table. Turn off TVs, cell phones, computer games and don’t answer the phone during dinner; this is family time.

 

  • Serve milk with meals so your child gets enough calcium and other important vitamins and minerals. Limit juice intake; too much juice may make your child feel full and not hungry for the nutrient-rich foods you are serving at meals.

 

  • Teach your child good eating habits by setting a good example yourself!

 

Additional sites for all things healthy!

Nourish Interactive

Choose My Plate

Vegetarian students

Let's Move!