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December 12, 2011

Nutrition Classes for Kids

Who ever heard of kids telling their parents they wanted to eat healthier foods?

Well, this is exactly what’s happening at the Noonan Elementary Academy.

I received an order for 26 Food Additives books from the Noonan Academy the other day. Over the years, I’ve received numerous orders from this school for these books, but I never knew how they used them.

I was curious … so this time I asked.

I was impressed!

The eighth grade curriculum includes a class in nutrition where the students learn about healthy eating. In this class, they take a look at the foods they eat and the ingredients in the foods. They look them up in the Food Additives book to see whether the ingredients are safe and what harmful effects the additives have on their bodies. Some of the students have been known to go home and let their parents know that they would like to eat healthier foods!

Noonan Academy is planning an organic garden. The produce from this garden will be used in their school lunch program. They encourage the students to eat the healthy lunches provided in their school cafeteria. For those students who have a need to bring their lunches, they provide healthy food guidelines.

In addition, the school does not allow unhealthy treats, like cupcakes, to be brought in for birthdays.

What a concept!

I’ve heard of a few other schools implementing a healthy school lunch program in the past. As a result, there was documented evidence of improved behavior, increased attention spans and better grades.

What if more schools did this?

What effect would there be on the health of the students and their families? If their whole families got involved with improving their diets, what effect would this have, not only on their health, but that of future generations?

As a country, the U.S. ranks near the bottom of the western world in state of health. Lifestyle diseases are rampant. Children are getting diseases that were once found only in older adults. It’s already predicted that today’s children will not live as long as their parents. Is this a trend we want to continue?

It is a fact that good nutrition is important for good health. Unfortunately, there is so much misinformation about what really is healthy to eat. The marketplace is full of so many nutrient deficient, processed, chemical non-foods being promoted as healthy, it’s no wonder people are confused and think they’re eating healthfully when in fact their food choices are leading them down the path of disease.

It makes so much sense to teach kids real nutrition… to get them in the habit of eating and enjoying truly healthy foods when young… so that they may carry this with them during their lifetime and feed their children and their families good foods that promote health, not disease.

If you’re the parent of a child in schools that serve less than healthy foods or have vending machines offering unhealthy choices, here are some things you can do …

  • Talk to your child’s school about improving the healthfulness of the choices they offer.
  • Talk to other parents with the same concerns and brainstorm what you can do to work with the school to help improve the quality of food the school offers.
  • Pack your child’s lunch with healthy foods.

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