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: