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.