Child Nutrition: Wellness Tips for Students and Families
You are encouraged to NOT buy:
- Fruit with broken skin (bacteria can enter through the opening and contaminate the fruit)
- Unpasteurized ciders or juices (they can contain harmful bacteria)
Eating better (for children and families)
- Start the day with a healthy breakfast. It refuels the body and provides energy for the day.
- Let kids help plan and prepare 1 meal each week.
- Eat together as a family as often as possible.
- Take time eating, and chew slowly. It takes 20 minutes for the brain to tell the body that you are full.
- Eat more vegetables and fresh fruits. Aim for a total of 2 cups of fruit and 2 1/2 cups of vegetables each day.
- Eat more whole grains. Examples include oats, brown rice, rye, and whole-wheat pasta. Try to eat at least 3 ounces of whole grains each day.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Choose water, low-fat or nonfat milk, and low-calorie beverages.
- Serve a variety of foods.
- Serve food in small portions.
Back to School Mental Wellness: Tips for Parents/Caregivers of Students
- Reinforce good sleep habits. ...
- Be available. ...
- Stay connected. ...
- Serve healthy food and encourage healthy eating. ...
- Encourage regular exercise.