Wednesday, July 6, 2016

WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: Learning at the Library

"I wouldn't say that processed meals, ready meals and takeaways aren't relevant; it's just that over the past 40 years there have been 3 generations of people who have come out of school and and gone through their home life without ever being shown how to cook properly."  
                                              --Jamie Oliver

Summertime is a great time for kids. Three months of playtime!  Sometimes playtime comes with passive learning, when kids don’t even know they are learning. 

I recently taught a workshop for elementary age kids at a public library called, "Becoming a Nutrition Detective".   While everyone sampled gluten-free crackers with the sun-dried tomato hummus made in the Growing Healthy Kids Test Kitchen, the kids learned about reading food labels.  It was a powerful lesson for not just the kids but also for the parents who sat quietly around the perimeter of the room. 

Our message is clear:
  • ALL kids need access to healthy foods.
  • Eliminate added sugars (one clue: common sugars end in “-ose”.)
  • Less ingredients is better than more.
  • Identify foods and drinks with high fructose corn syrup and food dyes.  Make the commitment not to consume them.
  • Can you pronounce the ingredients?  If not, don’t eat them.   
  • Buy vegetables from the farmers near where you live.
  • Teach your children to cook.  
Learning at the Library with Growing Healthy Kids

Make learning fun.  Every day is an opportunity to improve the life of a child.  Be the change you want to see in the world.  Eat healthy foods. 

In gratitude,
Nancy Heinrich

Founder, Growing Healthy Kids, Inc.