March is National Nutrition Month. Having a whole month celebrating nutrition is a great way to start getting your kids on the right track. Teach them healthy habits this month by serving them up lessons on nutrition. While you’re at it, why not get a jump start on health habits by adding in some lessons about exercise as well?
Lessons about Nutrition and Exercise Go Hand in Hand
As a parent, I know that getting my daughter to take care of her body is an important task that is best developed in early childhood. March is National Nutrition Month and this is as good a time as any to begin developing a lifetime of health. While I’m at it, I realize there’s no need to separate the two most important tasks. When it comes to health, nutrition and exercise go hand in hand.
Teach your kids these lessons during National Nutrition Month:
Healthy Eating Tips: Each meal should contain one of the five food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy.
What goes into food? Show your kids how to measure portions when you are cooking. Or let them check it out by playing this cool game: Smash Your Food. There are several other fun nutrition video games here, like Nutrition Sudoku, Hay Now Quiz Show and Food Hero.
But hey, you definitely don’t want to let your kids sit for too long! Nutrition isn’t just about eating healthy, Let’s Move is a program designed to combat childhood obesity.
Five tips to stay active from Let’s Move:
- Move everyday.
- Try new fruits and vegetables.
- Drink lots of water.
- Do jumping jacks to break up TV time.
- Help make dinner.
Now, I like most of these tips, but I have my doubts about number four. See, I can’t seriously imagine my daughter doing jumping jacks while she watches TV. And, like many people these days, TV comes in the form of an iPad or laptop and it’s streaming. She doesn’t get commercial breaks.
So, my solution to this one is that we have more outdoor time than indoor time. And we limit screen time, especially during the week when her brain needs daily activity after being in a classroom all day.
Other Ways to Promote Nutrition
There’s no magical formula for teaching kids how to stay healthy. There are so many ways you can teach your kids good habits for a healthy lifestyle. Hopefully this kick started some thoughts on how you can promote good health in your own home.