Food Unit

Food is a Kid's Fuel

Introduce kids to the idea that healthy foods and drinks are the fuel bodies and brains need to work best.

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Introduction

Kids’ natural inclination is to choose foods and drinks because they like them, or to satiate hunger and thirst, but thinking about food as providing fuel for their bodies is powerful, too. When kids can see the connection between healthy food and drink and having the energy to do the things they want and need to do each day, it makes healthy choices more appealing. Plus, learning to enjoy healthy food and drink choices in childhood sets the stage for a lifetime of healthy habits!


Lesson 1: Why Food Is Fuel

Just as machines need fuel to operate, different types of healthy food and beverages provide fuel for the body and brain.

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Lesson 2: What Are Your Kids Eating?

Talk with kids about healthy foods and strategies for choosing them.

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Lesson 3: What Are Your Kids Drinking?

Talk with kids about how water and milk are healthy beverage choices. Remind them that healthy drinks are fuel for the body and brain.

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Lesson 4: Tips to Help Kids Make Healthy Snack Choices

Teach kids strategies for making it easier to choose healthy snacks, such as having go-to appealing options in mind and planning ahead.

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Lesson 5: Ways for Kids to Set Healthy Food Goals

Let’s introduce the idea of checking ingredient lists and encourage students to set personal healthy food and drink goals.

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Introduction

Kids’ natural inclination is to choose foods and drinks because they like them, or to satiate hunger and thirst, but thinking about food as providing fuel for their bodies is powerful, too. When kids can see the connection between healthy food and drink and having the energy to do the things they want and need to do each day, it makes healthy choices more appealing. Plus, learning to enjoy healthy food and drink choices in childhood sets the stage for a lifetime of healthy habits!


Lesson 1: Why Food Is Fuel

Just as machines need fuel to operate, different types of healthy food and beverages provide fuel for the body and brain.

Go to Lesson

Lesson 2: What Are Your Kids Eating?

Talk with kids about healthy foods and strategies for choosing them.

Go to Lesson

Lesson 3: What Are Your Kids Drinking?

Talk with kids about how water and milk are healthy beverage choices. Remind them that healthy beverages are fuel for the body and brain.

Go to Lesson

Lesson 4: Tips to Help Kids Make Healthy Snack Choices

Teach kids strategies for making it easier to choose healthy snacks, such as having go-to appealing options in mind and planning ahead.

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Lesson 5: Ways for Kids to Set Healthy Food Goals

Let’s introduce the idea of checking ingredient lists and encourage students to set personal healthy food and drink goals.

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