Hungry kids are more likely to be sick, miss school or afterschool, and be distracted while learning. Research shows that the quality of food is as important as access to food. Students need fruits, vegetables, water, and limited access to sweets.
Providing healthy meals and snacks is a great start to Fit Foundations. Consider also what messages about food and candy are being communicated during celebrations, rewards, and fundraisers.
Start by reviewing the National Afterschool Association’s Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards to confirm meals and snacks meet child nutrition guidelines.
How to Snack Smarter
Youth Taste Tests
Studies show that involving kids in food planning and preparation increases vegetable consumption. These fun tips can be adapted to involving kids in afterschool.
Celebrations should be about fun, not food. If serving food at an afterschool celebration, stay compliant with nutrition recommendations. (TAN blog)
Alternatives to Food as Reward Using food as rewards undermines healthy eating lessons. Explore new ways to reward students for good behavior that do not involve food.
Gardens are a great way to teach nutrition, science, responsibility, and get kids hands dirty in a good way. This resource center will help launch your garden and help it thrive.