One exceedingly challenging task is getting kids to eat right. Implementing right eating habits is necessary, given that childhood obesity is on the rise. Let us look at how it is possible to encourage healthy eating in school.
Green Ain’t Always Mean
Kids must be made to realise that while the greens on their plate may look dismal or taste yucky, greens add to their mental and physical growth. The methodology used should kick in, so that they comprehend the advantages of kale, spinach, or any other green that they detest. They should not be put off with the meal but be encouraged to dive into the salad.
Healthy Junk Options
Children hardly ever gravitate to the best eating options available. If you want them to eat right, stop forcing them, lead by example instead. That will get the child’s attention before insisting on a greasy alternative.
In school, a wide range of options that also include the so-called junk food can be included in the meal. Instead of a greasy patty on the burger buns, use a healthier alternative. French fries with the burgers can be baked not fried. Schools should also make a note of children prone to allergies.
Veggie and Fruit Garden
Include outdoor programs like behind the scenes of a commercial kitchen. As they learn what goes into creating a healthy or substantive meal, they will digest the information. As they observe that waste is being used for compost, their brains will start ticking.
Involve children in creating a veggie and fruit garden in school. As an activity, it is a wonderful medium for them to plant seeds and saplings and watch them grow while they nurture their little plant baby. Once they nurture the plants, they will want a piece of the pie. It is as simple as that – kids love projects that offer them something in return!
Snacking is not Bad
Schools should also include snacks for kids, snacks that are not oily, buttery or have excessive trans fats. Children should be able to pop their favourite snacks. If not they are bound to get cranky, throw a fit or lose attention. The snack should not be bad for the system.
The school can also offer a cheat’s day off, when they include something interesting for the students to indulge in, like chocolate cake or a dessert. That will get them thinking on the lines of eating right.
Include physical activity without imposing too many rules. Some children are not inclined to play sport, but they must be energised and encouraged to do something instead of staying put. Include simple exercises that should get them on the right track. It will also stop obesity from setting in.
School staff should also participate in physical activities. By doing so, kids can bond with their teachers without feeling that they are being singled out. Evidence has proven that exercise and eating right are great for the brain and body.
Parents and School
The school and parents must work together in formulating healthy eating activities. Some families are vegan, some follow religious rules, some eat out often, some prefer meat for every meal. These important factors must be factored in a healthy eating plan.
Children tend to be pedantic about certain foods, which may or may not be good for them. Work out a compromise with kids where they have their cake, and eat it with certain conditions attached. They must adhere to the rules – like finishing everything on their plates. Once that is done they get a packet of chips (baked not fried) or chocolate. This should not be a constant though. The school staff should follow the same set of rules.
Food should never be tasteless at anytime, anywhere. Everyone wants tasty food with pep. Make food appealing, not bland. Shake things up a bit with the range of grub available. Eating the same food every single day is boring for anyone. The objective is to encourage good eating habits not discourage them.
Include a smiley in the potato mash for instance or something funny with the meat and veggies. Alternatively, go the sous chef way and get creative. That will be the talk of the school and kids will eat better.
Eat Right at Night
Food benefit nights must be followed at home as well. Kids must be provided with the right amounts of fun healthy food that does not sap their energy causing them to lose interest. One rule of thumb that must be included in every home and school, is to discourage the consumption of aerated drinks.
Emphasis should be on drinking the right amount of water every single day. If the child wants a drink, include a fresh fruit juice with limited sugar.
At the end of it all, kids will be kids. There are days when they will want something unhealthy that is natural. Adults also crave unhealthy food for that matter! Once kids start eating right, they will not be interested in greasy grub. However, if they still crave it, a day off, is not a bad deal.