Principals, teachers and parents can help make schools healthier places to learn by providing high-quality nutrition, integrating physical activity during the day and teaching children about the importance of embracing a healthy, active lifestyle.
Encourage healthy living at your school during August and all year round with these action items:
- Share the Kids Eat Right Month™ handout with students and parents.
- Announce Kids Eat Right Month™ in your newsletter or on your website.
- Promote Kids Eat Right Month™ activities to your local media by downloading and completing our Kids Eat Right Month™ press release template.
- Coordinate a healthy eating presentation and activities for students with the school registered dietitian nutritionist and school nutrition service staff, or invite a local registered dietitian nutritionist.
- Join the HealthierUS Schools Challenge.
- Incorporate nutrition education and physical education into the school day with nutrition and physical activity events and MyPlate curriculum.
- Host an after-school healthy eating presentation for families, featuring the school registered dietitian nutritionist or invite a local registered dietitian nutritionist.
- Plant a garden. School gardens are an important educational tool to help students understand how healthy foods are produced.
- In the classroom, ask children to carefully save empty food product labels and boxes. Spend some time reading labels and comparing information on the Nutrition Facts Labels. Expand into a menu-planning opportunity, individually or in teams, using MyPlate as the guide to a healthy meal.
- Join the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Healthy Schools Program.
- Use this guide and template to contact your mayor or governor to request a proclamation.
- Post the Kids Eat Right Month™ logo on your school's website. Learn more!
- Follow Kids Eat Right on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and Google+.