Teach Your Children Better Food Choices

Beaumont Hospitals recently introduced the “Project Healthy Schools” program to sixth-graders at Royal Oak Middle School. The 12-week program promotes healthy lifestyles by encouraging better food choices and more physical activity. With rising obesity rates in the U.S., this type of hands-on curriculum is crucial to truly shift the mindsets and habits of both children and their parents.

The program’s activities incorporate five goals:

  1. Eat more fruits and vegetables
  2. Make better beverage choices
  3. Perform at least 150 minutes of exercise each week
  4. Eat fewer fast and fatty foods
  5. Spend less time in front of television and computer screens

Even if your child isn’t in school or isn’t at a school where this program is being implemented, you can still take on the task yourself. Here are some additional activities you can do with your child to help form healthy eating habits:

  1. Grocery shop together. Show your child the plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables available and allow her to pick out a few favorites each week.
  2. Cook together. Let older children help prepare meals and explain ingredients or the process to younger children.
  3. Eat together. Children learn by example. Show them how you eat a healthy meal with fruit and/or vegetables and lean protein teaches and they just might follow.

And if you’re really passionate about it, get your school to implement the program. The Project Healthy Schools site has the tools you need to do so.

—Sarah Jo Sautter, Editor & Publisher

1 Response to “Teach Your Children Better Food Choices”

  1. 1 Anonymous April 5, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Special thanks to Beaumont for supporting such a great program!

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