“Back to school” is an exciting time. Summer may be drawing to a close, but our kids miss their friends and they’re filled with nervous energy about all that awaits them. I remember – do you?
Of all the important lessons our students will learn in school, one of the most vital is how to eat healthy and be active every day. That’s where the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion’s MyPlate Kids’ Place web page comes in. It’s part of the ChooseMyPlate.gov site, and it’s designed for kids between the ages of 8 and 12. It offers games, videos, songs and messages that give these kids the tools to make good decisions about eating and physical activity throughout the coming school year. (For more background, take a look at the USDA blog about MyPlate.)
Parents, you can get in on the fun, too: the site includes a MyPlate Champions Pledge that you can print with your children’s names. Kids who take the pledge agree to “keep my body and mind healthy every day.” You’ll probably put a lot of things on the refrigerator door this school year – but the MyPlate Pledge may just be the most encouraging, constructive and appropriate item. Click on over to ChooseMyPlate.gov, take the pledge, and get this school year off to a healthy start!