Food for Life: Kids Health
The Power of Food for a Healthy Start
The health problems faced by our youth today are unlike any in the past. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Poor diet and lack of exercise put today’s children at greater risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer later in life. A foundation for healthy eating at a young age is needed to lessen the risk for chronic diseases.
In the Food for Life: Kids Health classes, the curriculum highlights the positives of the four food groups (whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables) in the Power Plate. Children ages 9-12 are exposed to the great taste and health benefits of eating a plant-based diet through kid-friendly recipes approved by PCRM’s staff of dietitians. The curriculum aims to empower children with the knowledge and skills they need to establish healthy habits to carry them well into adulthood.
Featured Class Topics and Objectives
- Bang-Up Breakfasts: Learn the important role diet plays in the cancer process.
- In-Betweener Meals and Sweeter Deals: Identify the new four food groups using the Power Plate and understand the role of dietary fat, cholesterol, and fiber for overall health.
- Rainbow Lunches: Understand the importance of eating a “rainbow” of fruits and vegetables loaded with vitamins and minerals.
- Digging These Dinners: Recognize plant-based foods that are full of protein, calcium, and iron.
In the Food for Life: Kids Health classes, each child receives a workbook filled with activities and worksheets focused on nutrition and several recipes (many of which will be demonstrated in class).
Food for Life is an award-winning Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) program designed by physicians, nurses, and registered dietitians that offers cancer, diabetes, weight management, employee wellness, and kids classes that focus on the lifesaving effects of healthful eating. Each class includes information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote health, along with cooking demonstrations of simple and nutritious recipes that can be recreated easily at home.
***** This course is available to learn what foods help prevent and fight cancer. Focus area is Eastern Virginia, but can be outside this region. This course is offered as weekly or biweekly meetings or weekend retreats. Contact Van White at (757) 848-7830 or Van@AnswerIsTheFood.com to be notified when this course will be offered next. Or click here.