Archive for April, 2011

Guest Blog: Nutrition for Kid’s Connie Evers on Targeting Your Goals

Friday, April 29th, 2011

By Connie Evers, MS, RD, LD

(Click here to learn more about Connie Evers and Nutrition for Kids)

T.R.U.T.H. Principle 1: Target Your Goals

I once asked a group of fifth graders to “play” a game where they would set and track weekly nutrition goals for an entire month. To be honest, I worried they would get bored and lose interest. Happily, they surprised me! After a month, they wanted to keep playing. I learned that if you want kids to set and meet healthy eating goals, you need to make it personal and keep it fun! Call it a goal-setting game and provide fun rewards like silly straws, fruit and veggie stickers, bracelets or extra outdoor play time.

Based on this experience, I came up with a goal setting calendar as a way to encourage kids to develop their own personal healthy eating habits. Here’s how it works:

First, I ask kids to reflect on their eating and drinking habits. It’s helpful if they keep a food record for three days, including one weekend day and two weekdays. I ask them to compare their food record to the food group guidelines.

Next, I challenge them to identify problem areas and set small goals to improve. This is when we learn about the S.N.A.C.K. system for setting goals.

S = Small
Is this goal small enough so that I can meet it in a short period of time?
N = Needed
Is this a change that I need to make for better health?
A = Achievable
Can I achieve this goal? Will I need the help of others to meet this goal? Is it a goal that I can really accomplish?
C = Can I Count it?
Is this goal written in a way that I can count and measure my progress?
K = Know-How
Do I know enough to set this health goal? Where would I find more information on this topic?

We then brainstorm examples of S.N.A.C.K. goals. Kids always have lots of great ideas! Here are some examples:

  • Try at least two new fruits this week.
  • Eat breakfast before school every day this week.
  • Choose an after-school snack that has at least two of the food groups.
  • When you are thirsty, drink water instead of sweetened drinks at least 5 times this week.
  • Order a side of apple slices, raisins, carrots, or salad instead of French fries at least once this week.
  • Drink or eat three servings dairy foods (1% milk, low-fat yogurt, cheese, or fortified soy beverage) every day.
  • Eat one more serving of whole grain each day. (read labels to find out which foods are whole grain).
  • Eat at least one cup of green vegetable every day this week.
  • Finally, I ask them to set a personal goal for the week and keep track on the calendar. Each day they meet their goal, they mark an “X” in the box. They are also encouraged to write notes about their progress. At the end of the week, they check off whether they met their goal or if they still need to work on it. I offer rewards to all the kids who kept track all week, even if they came up a little short of reaching their goal.

    By making small changes, step by step and week by week, kids will soon be on their way to improved eating habits, more energy, and better health. Because they are personal and kid-driven, they are also more likely to “stick.” And that’s the truth!

    Click to download Connie’s goal-setting calendar

  • Nutrition Fun with Brocc & Roll, by Connie Liakos Evers, ©2007, 24 Carrot Press
  • The Truth on Health Supports Together Counts!

    Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

    The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation is launching an unprecedented campaign to support families and healthy living called TOGETHER COUNTS (TM) on Thursday, April 28 on Take Your Kids to Work Day.

    Together Counts is a nationwide program inspiring active and healthy living. Whether it’s on the website or on the mobile app, families and their children can share what it is they’re doing to contribute to a healthier country!

    It’s so easy to use, super fun and awesome to see what everyone is doing all over the map- we love it!!

    Watch the video and click the button to start participating!

    The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a CEO-led organization, is a national, multi-year effort designed to help reduce obesity–especially childhood obesity–by 2015. It’s a first-of-its kind coalition that brings together more than 160 retailers, food and beverage manufacturers, restaurants, sporting goods and insurance companies, trade associations and NGOs, and professional sports organizations. The Foundation promotes ways to help people achieve a healthy weight through energy balance–calories in and calories out. It focuses on three critical areas–the marketplace, the workplace and schools. Learn More

    Paul’s latest FitClub34 Video: Improve in Basketball and Get Fit!

    Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

    In a new video for his FitClub34 program, Paul Pierce shows us some basketball moves that don’t require a ball, which allows us to really focus on balance, agility and strength.

    Be sure to check out all of Pierce’s exercise videos throughout the season on Celtics on Demand, exclusively on Comcast. Select the Get Local category from the On Demand menu, choose NBA TV, Boston Celtics and Paul Pierce’s FitClub34.

    Join FitClub34 at and learn fun ways to get fit & stay healthy!

    Paul’s Latest Blog Post + FitClub34 Video: Walk the Walk (

    Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

    Are you guys ready to get some exercise and work up a sweat? Check out my new fitness video, right next to this blog. It’s part of my Truth on Health Campaign, which gets kids moving and healthy – all while having fun!

    In this video, we do a bunch of exercises you’ve probably done before, so they should be easy to get the hang of. They may be simple, but these are some great moves for a warm-up before any workout. Let’s start out with walking in place. Nothin’ to it, right? What you want to do is walk in place between every exercise … no stopping. Keep pumping your arms and lifting those knees high in the air to increase circulation. Gotta keep that heart rate up.

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    Pauls Pick’s: The Truth on Health Supports ‘nPlay Foundation!

    Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

    The pick for April is the n’play Foundation, a coalition of 35 athletes dedicated to fighting childhood obesity.

    The foundation’s purpose is to raise money to put directly back into schools to ensure they have the tools to promote an environment of health and wellness and meet the criteria of the USDA’s HealthierUS Schools Challenge. Athletes involved in the foundation include softball player Jennie Finch, basketball player Grant Hill, and our very own Paul Pierce!

    The n’play Foundation has set a number of goals including reducing the rate of childhood obesity by 5% by assisting over 1,000 schools and 5 million children with the programs they fund. The foundation of athletes is committed to helping students, parents, and teachers strive for a healthier lifestyle

    Paul and the Truth on Health acknowledges the n’play Foundation!