Where kids are bombarded with the luring advertisements of unhealthy food, it is really important to make them aware of the pitfalls. Teachers must make sure that they make the kids aware of the pitfalls of eating junk and unhealthy food. The teacher, like the parents should make the kids realize the importance of choosing healthier food. It is only then the kids will realize the importance of eating healthy food. To know how can teachers educate children about healthy eating:
- Teachers must monitor what the child gets in their lunch box. During the lunch break, the teacher should check the lunch box and monitor what the child has got. In case it is not a healthy food item, the teacher must ensure that she makes the child realize the health hazards of eating the junk food. The child to avoid embarrassment will give up the habit of asking for junk food in the lunch box.
- As a teacher, you must encourage children to make a shopping list of their choice if they were to go alone for the grocery shopping. The list will give you a fair idea about the child likes. Then ask them to prepare a healthy shopping list that excludes food items that contain high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils. The teachers can let out a secret that children must try and pick the products that have easy to pronounce ingredients.
- Teachers must make the kids understand that the shelf-friendly items are high in sugar, fat and sodium and the child must make sure these are moderated not only in their diet but also their family’s diet. Teachers must try and encourage children to buy brighter, fresher and colorful food as they will be rich in minerals, vitamins and other essential nutrients. Let out the secret to the kids that if the food can stay without refrigeration, it surely doesn’t belong in your body. It will only add the calories and weight and lack the necessary nutrients.
- Once a month teachers can encourage the kids to cook something nutritious for their family. Encourage the kids to make a bowl of salad or easy snack that doesn’t involve the use of burning gas. Replace cheese and butter with healthy peanut butter fats. They make for the complete meal and nutritional needs of the body. Encourage kids to make their own trail mix using cashews, peanuts, raisins, almonds, dried cranberries and other fruits.