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Homework for the Holidays: Inspiring Healthy Habits

Posted on 12/05/2011

Making healthy choices over the holidays is hard enough for parents, but for kids who are still learning the importance of eating right, resisting the temptation of holiday buffets and limitless sweets is virtually impossible.

Thankfully, schools and families have a new tool to help children learn about well-balanced meals and healthy choices this holiday season. You may have seen the MyPlate icon on your school menu, or posted in the cafeteria this year. School nutrition programs have been using this healthy food guide to encourage students to try the fruits, vegetables and milk served with every school meal, but MyPlate provides great resources for parents too.

Check out MyPlate’s Ten Tips series for kid-friendly fruits and veggies; ways to limit sweet treats; how to be a healthy role model and ideas for eating healthy when eating out. And if you are planning a holiday celebration, you won’t want to miss the MyPlate recipes.

Schools are using MyPlate in nutrition education programs in the classroom, and they are finding ways to help parents promote nutritious choices at home. See how Saint Paul Public Schools (Minnesota) are sharing healthy school meal recipes with parents:

For Saint Paul Public School recipes, visit, and for more MyPlate resources, including customized daily food plans, see

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  • Tracie Berardi December 8th, 2011 2:11 am

    I love the choice bar! Kids can try new fruits and vegetables that might not be served at home. This creates a healthy foundation for future years. I am in my late 20′s and I wish I had these options in school. I remember the norm being pizza and ice cream every day.. or french fries and cheese. Can you imagine? I love to eat and can eat pretty much anything. Luckily, I sense when to enjoy salads, steamed vegetables, or creative healthy dishes. My mom always believed in low-fat milk and whole grains, so I’m thankful about that. Now the debate is when to start vitamins. ha! :) I just want to say that
    I am appreciative of these programs. Thanks for the video.

  • Malysha Kihleng November 15th, 2012 6:29 pm

    Great Topic …. I loved it so much. :)

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