Happy National Nutrition Month!
I am so excited to tell you about a new partnership and project that I’ve been working on with Hip Hop Public Health and OPEN!
If you’ve been following my work for any length of time, you know that I believe nutrition education can be fun! In fact, it’s better if it’s fun! Kids are bombarded with marketing for snacks and sweets that make these foods look fun. My approach to nutrition education involves normalizing nutritious foods and making them seem just as fun as the treats. It doesn’t have to take up too much time, either! Find ways to add small doses of nutrition education to your day.
The most popular activities on my site are the fortune tellers. They are a perfect way to add a small dose of nutrition education to any day, and kids love to bring them home and play with their families as well – which is a bonus, as it helps the whole family learn about nutrition!
I recently created a new set of fortune tellers in partnership with Hip Hop Public Health and OPEN that teach kids about the Go, Slow, Whoa nutrition literacy strategy – also called a Stoplight Approach to categorizing foods and beverages – and are based on the Lil Sugar: Master of Disguise nutrition literacy campaign.
Lil Sugar: Master of Disguise helps children learn how to recognize different forms of sugar and encourages them to limit their intake of foods high in added sugars.
Together, our organizations are creating a crowd-sourced collection of nutrition education activities written by teachers like you. In fact, your activity could be a part of this amazing collection!
The Lil Sugar Nutrition Education Activity contest is open to all teachers, and activity plans may be designed for use in physical education or health education settings, for grades K-8. Teachers should submit their activity plans via the OPEN Website by 11:59 pm EST on March 31, 2022.
If you want to learn more about the Lil Sugar campaign and other Hip Hop Public Health resources click here: hhph.org/lilsugar