Principals, teachers, foodservice staff 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 long with these action items:
- Announce Kids Eat Right Month® in your school newsletter or website. Additionally, send parents information via your school's online portal or a note home with kids.
- 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 to come give a cooking demonstration or nutrition education workshop. Search the Academy's Find a Nutrition Expert database to locate an RDN in your area.
- Incorporate nutrition education and physical education into the school day with 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 and an opportunity to try new fruits and vegetables.
- 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 this activity into a menu-planning opportunity, individually or in teams, using MyPlate as the guide to a healthy meal.
- Use resources and take action through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
- Follow Kids Eat Right on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest. Use the hashtag #KERmonth to connect with others who are celebrating.
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