Having worked as a Teacher and children's performer for over two decades, along with delivering evidence-based Health curriculum support to schools since 2011, it's important for me to have a classroom with happy healthy kids who are actively engaged in their learning! And part of my happy classroom is due to my kids' eating well while they're at school.
Numerous studies show that diets with high levels of saturated fats and glucose actually impair learning and memory, which as Teachers, is what we often see in kids' lunchboxes, processed packaged treats, high in sugar, salt, fat, and the rest!
It's as simple as this - kids need to eat well to perform their best at school.
When it comes to teaching my students about Food and Nutrition, it's something I teach throughout the year, not just as part of the Health Curriculum, but ongoing, to support children's health and wellbeing and optimise their learning outcomes.
I always start with the Five ‘Everyday’ Food groups - fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy, as it's important that children understand that together these five food groups provide essential nutrients that their bodies need to grow, stay strong and healthy.
Today, Jess and Serena, our Team's Nutrition and Health Specialists, share five tips to speak to children about the five everyday food groups.
1. Start small
Introduce one food group at the time. Try creating a classroom ‘Five Everyday Food Groups’ poster, by cutting out pictures from a supermarket catalogue and encourage children to sort foods into the correct food groups.
Register here to access your complimentary digital Eat Smart B Active® - 5 'Everyday' Food Groups Nutrition Poster from the Eat Smart B Active® online program to display in your classroom as a visual aid to support your students' knowledge and understanding.