A teachers main goal is to educate.
Why be concernced with the pediatric obesity epidemic? How does
it concern you?
no longer simply about appearance.
a constant presence in their student's lives and, as such, have
the perfect opportunity to establish a healthy climate in their
classrooms. Food may often be included in classroom activities;
for example the use of food as reward, classroom celebrations, birthday
parties and snack. Oftentimes in our culture we look to food to
celebrate and to acknowledge our successes, which can be appropriate
at times. However, the constant availability of high fat, high sugar
foods can lead to overeating as well as setup an unhealthy relationship
with food where internal hunger cues are ignored. In addition, because
much of the food presented to a child is not high in nutrients,
the child is exposed less and less to nutrient-rich alternatives
that can promote healthier food preferences.
Below are resources
for teachers to help set the tone in their classroom - one that
reflects health, well-being and an environment conducive to learning.
for Healthy Kids
Site for nationwide organization devoted to improving health and
physical activity in schools, state by state.
Academy of Pediatrics
Articles about health issues in schools and contacts for health
professionals involved in school health.
ADA's homepage is well-organized and easy to use. This site has
in depth and accurate information provided by a professional association
of dietitians. Bookmark this site for nutrition information you
can always count on.
You can always find reliable and up to date information on this
website. By going to the Consumer Health Information section you
can learn all about your child's development and nutrition. They
provide nutrition information for children of all ages and promote
healthy mealtime habits and food choices. Join the KidsHealth Club
to receive accurate health information on caring for you child.
for Science in the Public Interest
This is an excellent site for up-to-date and accurate nutrition
information. They provide reliable information on various topics
such as soft drinks and health, protecting your pregnancy, and ADHD
Report and Parent's Guide. Go to the Kid Stuff section to learn
about improving your child's diet, packing a healthy lunch and more!
Well-organized site which provides healthy recipes for you and your
family to enjoy. Get cooking tips, strategies for healthy living,
or just browse the forum for ideas.
This website is sponsored by the American Heart Association and
provides a broad range of nutrition information including promotes
good nutrition over 200 AHA recipes and tips on managing your weight
and staying physically active.
For parents this site is terrific because you can download story
and coloring books, posters and activities that all incorporate
nutrition and health themes, creating a classroom in your own home.
Links to information for prevention of childhood obesity, eating
disorders and excessive dieting.
Food Information Council
Interactive site with games to promote fitness and nutritional awareness.
Light living is a website about changing your diet and making healthy.
Learn about cooking, balanced nutrition, exercise and a healthy
home life. You can find heart healthy recipes, a kids section and
State University Extension and Michigan Department of Education
Policies for healthy nutrition in school, resources for families
and schools, links to web pages with nutrition-related interactive
games for kids.
Information, resources, and reports on various "5-A-Day"
promote the consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Obesity Education Initiative
"Aim for a Healthy Weight" health assessment tools including
menu planners and recipes
This website, sponsored by Tufts University is designed to help
you sort through the large volume of nutrition information on the
Committee for Responsible Medicine
Visionary site for explanation of changes needed in school
lunch programs to promote optimum health and eating habits in school
Site for non-profit organization dedicated to improving overall
community health and program for elimination of poor foods in schools
and child care settings, "Strategic Alliance for Healthy Food
and Activity Environments"
of Texas, Health Science Center,
"Coordinated Approach to Child Health"
School health programs to involve participation by parents, students
and teachers, to teach nutrition and encourage regular physical
activity with training and materials.
Agricultural Research Service's Children's Nutritional Research
Center at Baylor College of Medicine
Promotes education and exercise awareness, BMI calculator for energy
needs, Q&A on various topics.
TEAM NUTRITION, National Agricultural Library, Healthy School
Meals Resource System
links to software, menus, recipes, posters, agencies and info on
Wealth of information including international policies and publications
affecting food and nutrition security.
Far reaching fitness programs, motivational tools, products and
tips for schools, parents, club leaders.
Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Community program for increasing fitness and activity levels among
Goal oriented program suggestions to enc