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Guest Blog: Connie Evers – Healthy Habits for All Kids! (Part 2)

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

By Connie Evers MS, RD, LD – Nutrition for Kids

Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog – Healthy Habits for All Kids! – Part 2

Inspiring those “Aha” Moments

I learned firsthand that lecturing kids about nutrition and food groups is both boring and ineffective. Instead, my approach to nutrition education is to inspire kids to enjoy a variety of healthy foods and learn to be smart consumers. I want kids to become involved in learning by experiencing and discovering nutrition.

The goal is to stimulate lots of questions and lively discussions about food choices. I call these “aha” moments. Below are some examples of experiential activities that I have successfully used with children over the years.

1. Play with your food
Call it “edible art” and let kids have fun shaping, arranging, cutting and sculpting healthy foods into their own personal creations. Because of their vibrant colors, fruits and vegetables make beautiful food art. I know this activity is a success when kids ask, “Is it OK if I eat it?”

2. Grow something edible
From seed to table, growing vegetables, herbs or fruit inspires kids (more…)

Guest Blog: Connie Evers – Healthy Habits for All Kids! (Part I)

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

By Connie Evers MS, RD, LD – Nutrition for Kids

Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog – Healthy Habits for All Kids! – Part I

In my work as a child nutrition educator, my goal is to inspire kids and families to adopt healthy habits. My approach is to educate kids to be smart consumers, develop a positive body image and learn to love a variety of healthy foods. Instead of lecturing kids, I try to make it fun and challenging. I want kids to become involved and experience and discover nutrition.

I call these “aha” moments.

What I don’t like to see are programs that focus only on scare tactics (e.g. lecturing on the danger of obesity) or that even go so far as to ostracize kids who are overweight. One example is (more…)

Guest Blog: Connie Evers – Reading About Eating (Part 1)

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

By Connie Evers MS, RD, LD – Nutrition for Kids

Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog – Reading About Eating
Part 1 – Children ages 4 to 8

Encourage healthy food habits in young children by reading fun and colorful books about food! An engaging children’s story can even entice kids to try new foods. The list below includes some of my favorites, including the interactive book I wrote with Disney:

Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z
by Lois Ehlert (Sandpiper, 1993)
With beautiful watercolor illustrations, the art in this book will appeal to readers of all ages. The author includes well-known produce with the more exotic, including endive, jicama, kumquat, kohlrabi, quince, ugli fruit and xigua (Chinese watermelon). A highlight of the book is the glossary, which gives descriptions, origins and interesting facts about all of the fruits and vegetables in the book.

Good for You! Nutrition Book and Games
by Connie Evers (Disney Press, 2006)
This interactive book combines basic health facts with a playful format of games, recipes, quizzes and trivia designed to guide children towards a lifetime of good health. The book includes a set of punch-out playing cards. (more…)

Guest Blog: Connie Evers – New Year, New Beginning for Family Health Habits

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

By Connie Evers MS, RD, LD – Nutrition for Kids

Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog – A New Year, A New Beginning for Family Health Habits

Begin 2012 with some new family food rules!

As you ease back into school and work routines, think about your family’s approach to eating. Instead of setting unrealistic resolutions or resorting to fad diets and trends, think of real-world goals that everyone can agree on.

Here are a few important ones to get you started: (more…)

Guest Blog: Connie Evers – Lessons from Smarter Lunchrooms

Monday, November 28th, 2011

By Connie Evers MS, RD, LD – Nutrition for Kids

Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog – Lessons from Smarter Lunchrooms

Learn how simple changes at school & home can lead kids to healthier food choices

Would you like fruit with your lunch?

According to Adam Brumberg, Deputy Director of the Cornell Food & Brand Lab, asking
this simple question in the school lunchroom can have a big impact on how much fruit kids take and eat. Offering two choices of a fruit or vegetable is even better. “Kids given a choice between carrots and celery ATE 91% of the vegetable taken vs. 69% when carrots alone were offered,” according to Brumberg.

This is just one example of the research conducted by the Smarter Lunchroom Movement (more…)