Ruth - posted on 03/27/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )
Here’s a great idea for class parties that had me slapping my forehead. Why hadn’t I ever thought of this? It’s so obvious!
Serve the healthy snacks first and save the sweets for later.
“It’s just like at home. Do we serve dessert first? Or dessert with the rest of the meal? No,” said Deirdre Kleske, who works with California Project Lean and the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative.
Any parent who’s helped at a class party knows very well that kids will eat just about anything you put in front of them. So why not put out the fruits and veggies first, let them have their fill and then bring out the cupcakes or cookies?
And while we’re at it, why not serve water rather than juice boxes loaded with sugar? And pretzels instead of chips?
Here are some other great ideas Kleske has for parents and teachers to mark a child’s birthday in the classroom:
Let the birthday boy or girl pick out a game for the class to play
Decorate the child’s classroom chair
Donate a copy of the child’s favorite book to the school library
Bring in a healthy snack, such as strawberries
“It’s not all about having a cupcake,” Kleske said. “It’s about balance and moderation.”
For other great ideas for raising healthy kids, go to the San Diego initiative’s Web site ourcommunityourkids.org. Click on the Resources menu at the top of the homepage. There are several subject areas to explore, including Families, School Foods and Beverages and another called Sports Teams. California Project Lean’s site can be found at CaliforniaProjectLEAN.org.