Exploring Healthy Foods
Welcome to October – the month that ends with a candy-filled celebration and leads directly into the holiday season. Suffice it to say, we are heading into a period of the year when many people find it challenging to maintain a healthy diet.
It is during these challenging times, that strong healthy eating habits are most helpful. Most habits, positive or otherwise, are established early in life. If you have ever tried to form a new habit as an adult, you may have noticed that it can be quite difficult. This is one reason that experts strongly recommend that young children learn about healthy eating habits early in life.
Understanding healthy eating practices and following a healthy diet doesn’t mean that we avoid an occasional piece of Halloween candy. It doesn’t mean that we have to leave family gatherings before dessert is served or avoid walking by the dessert buffet. It does mean that we understand how the foods we eat impact the body and make decisions based on that information.
In this month’s newsletter, we will focus on ways that early childhood educators can encourage children to explore a variety of healthy food options and habits. We encourage you to review the section on engaging families for ideas on how to make healthy eating a family affair. The resource section is also filled with information and recipes that teachers can use in the classroom and share with families.
For the article Nutrition-Related Early Learning Standards, CLICK HERE
For the article Nutrition-Related Activity Ideas for Children, CLICK HERE
For the article Nutrition-Related Family Engagement Ideas, CLICK HERE
For the article Build a Nutrition Resource Library, CLICK HERE