We are all well aware of the importance of maintaining a well-balanced and nutritious diet to keep our bodies active and minds alert. One of the many diverse responsibilities a teacher has while working within the classroom is not only to model healthy choices for students, but also to explicitly teach about healthy food choices to best serve students’ minds and bodies as they embark upon the many challenges and successes of each day. As obesity rates among society’s young people have been on a steady and alarming rise in comparison to previous years, so too has our commitment to this responsibility. It is our hope that with a strong family-school partnership committed to teaching, modeling, and guiding Rowntree students toward health living, we can establish life-long and life-enhancing habits.
After giving it some thought, we have come across a unique way to help your child establish, monitor, and maintain healthy habits when deciding on which foods to consume. By clicking on the following hyperlink, you will be directed to the Government of Canada – Healthy Canadians website. http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/eating-nutrition/food-guide-aliment/my-guide-mon-guide/index-eng.php. Here, you are able to customize a personal food guide with your child based on individual factors such as gender, age, food preferences, allergies, and even the amount of daily physical activity. We thought this to be an excellent interactive tool, providing a simple way to develop a personalized food guide based upon visual representations of the recommended foods your child should be consuming on a daily basis.
One of the unique features of creating a personalized food guide is that it not only exposes your child to various types of nutritious foods, but it also allows them to “buy-in” and make decisions about what foods they would like to consume based on their own taste profiles. Having a visual representation of the foods your child should be consuming is an excellent reminder about the commitment they are making to ensure that their health is a priority. Not only will it help your child establish accountability for their own health, but it will also provide feedback to you, the parents, as to which foods your child would enjoy consuming.
Enjoy, and happy eating!