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School Initiatives to Promote Healthy Eating

Updated April 17, 2017

The importance implementing ideas of healthy eating for young kids could be one of the most influential methods of preventing both childhood and adult obesity. Since children spend the most time in schools, educators should take initiatives to incorporate programs that promote healthy eating and teaches students what is best for their bodies.

Potential Programs

Many schools already have a health class incorporated with the physical education department. However, it should start as early as possible. A designated portion of class should describe the food a body needs to have, for the right amount of vitamins and other important nutritional qualities. An after-school program can help kids learn how to make fun, easy, and healthy recipes they can take home to cook with their parents. This way, parents get involved with healthy eating as well.

Fast Food is Bad

Students of all educational levels should be taught that the greasy cheeseburger and fries from the local fast food joint is not a healthy option, and eating too much fast food can cause obesity and other health-related concerns. Schools can put up flyers and advertisements in the halls that discourage students from eating fast food. Similar flyers can glorify the importance of fruits and vegetables in a person's diet.

Promote Exercising

Schools should also promote exercise in conjunction with healthy eating. Getting healthy really is a collaborative process, and the two major players are exercise and diet. School systems can implement a "field day" once a month with different outdoor activities to get the kids moving around and burning calories. Stations with healthy food can be available, so students learn that healthy food is tasty and a good source of energy.

Homework

Homework may be a dreaded word for students in school, but it can also be used to the school's advantage. Students can earn a no-homework pass by researching a new aspect of healthy eating, either weekly or monthly, and sharing it with the class. Rewards systems help incentive-driven kids to teach themselves and one another about healthy eating.

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About the Author

Bess Harrington has been a writer since 2009. She is the author of the blog Bess Be Fit and is writing her own book. She is currently an American College of Sports Medicine personal trainer. Harrington is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with a focus on communication science and health media.