Encouraging healthy eating practices early in a child's life is a good way to ensure healthy habits into adulthood. Our teachers have been signing up for the NYC Department of Health's newsletter. The monthly email is a great resource for building healthy habits in the classroom. It also includes parent handouts. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.
One of the recommended programs in DOH newsletter this month is the Children Museum of Manhattan's EatPlayGrow curriculum. CMOM has worked with the National Institutes of Health to develop the program. EatPlayGrow uses current research on nutrition as the basis for creative activities that encourage healthy eating habits.
For parents looking for even more information on healthy habits for kids, check out the Let's Move website, which also offers a newsletter. Let's Move breaks down healthy habits for families into five parts:
- Eating more fruits and vegetables.
- Consuming less sugar and fat.
- Eating healthier snacks.
- Watching portion size.
- Eating together as a family.
You can download a print-friendly version of the Let's Move steps to success here.