Learn more about how to raise healthy and nutrition-savvy kids. These websites provide advice andguidance for parents and teachers from some of the nation’s leading nutrition-related organizations.
Food and Product Safety
Information about food, toys and other product recalls.
Food, Nutrition and Physical Activities for Families
All about the food pyramid, including interactive tools for calorie-tracking and meal planning for preschool and elementary school children.
(American Dietetic Association)
Information for consumers about food and nutrition choices.
(Produce for Better Health Foundation)
Encourages increased consumption of fruits and vegetables with recipes, an “ask the expert” section, and dietary tips for vegetarian kids and finicky eaters.
(American Heart Association)
The Children’s Health Section for Parents offers tips on helping kids eat healthier.
Children’s health related topics including nutrition.
We Can! is a national education program to help parents keep children 8-13 years old stay at a healthy weight.
(Department of Health and Human Services)
BodyWorks is a program designed to help parents of overweight girls ages 9-13 improve family eating and activity habits.
How to improve family eating and exercise habits.
(Food and Nutrition Information Center and the National Agricultural Library)
Access food and nutrition information from all over the federal government. Links to recipes and calorie counting programs, food and physical activity diaries, Body Mass Index calculators for kids and teens, and interactive games.
(U.S. Center for Disease Control)
Nutrition topics include a recipe database that can analyze the nutritional profile of a meal and “remix” a favorite recipe to make it healthier. The Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity section contains healthy lifestyle tips on maintaining healthy weight and tools such as food and physical activity diaries.
(U.S. Department of Agriculture - USDA)
Look up the nutritional profile of over 13,000 foods in the “What’s In the Foods You Eat” search tool in the Food and Nutrition Section.
(USDA and Baylor College of Medicine)
The Healthy Eating Plan Calculator helps customize how much of each food group a child should eat each day. The “Nutrition on the Web” includes helpful links.
In the “Children’s Nutrition Education” section, parents and teachers can find suggestions for improving kids’ diets, including recipes, games and other activities.
(A partnership of the American Heart Assn. and the William J. Clinton Foundation)
Parents can download tips for helping kids make healthy food and lifestyle choices at home, at school and elsewhere in the community. Kids can sign up for the “empowerme2be” program where they can commit to improving their lifestyle.
As part of a national network of competitions, local organizers can order kits to help them run track and field events in their communities, with annual national finals in Hershey, PA.
(The National Recreation and Parks Association)
The “Programs and Partnerships” section offers a one-stop resource for a wide variety of sports-in-the-parks programs with partners such as the Jr. NBA and WNBA, Teens Outdoors, MLBA and more.
(Partnership for a Healthier America)
Offers acess to news and information on upcoming events and issues regarding childhood obesity. Also, get tips for healthy recipe ideas to try with the family.
(Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation)
Get tips and support to promote healthy lifestyles for the whole family and community.
(STOP Obesity Alliance)
Offers Weigh In: Talking to Your Children About Weight and Health, a guide for talking to your children about weight and health, developed in collaboration with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
Mainly for Kids
Learning about healthy living can be fun! These websites help children learn about healthy food choices in a positive way. Many include games, quizzes and calculators.
A kid-friendly introduction to the food pyramid.
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC)
Provides kids 9-13 with information on healthy lifestyle choices, including recipes for “cool treats” and games and quizzes that emphasize healthy food choices.
Kids can visit a town center and interact at a theater, fitness center, arcade and other locations for fun with videos, games, recipes and worksheets on healthy eating and active lifestyles.
The NFL and others sponsor this in-school program that lets kids help create opportunities at school for 60 minutes of daily physical activity and more healthy foods. Kids can log on to pledge to eat healthier and be more active, track healthy behaviors and earn points toward prizes. Schools receive a Fuel Up to Play 60 Wellness Kit.www.kids.gov
(Federal Citizen Information Center)
Search “nutrition” for links to games, fitness and weight control tips. www.foodchamps.org
(Produce for Better Health Foundation)
Stresses the importance of fruits and vegetables through games, activity pages and recipes.www.kidshealth.org/kid
Kids and teens can play interactive games and check out tips on health and nutrition.www.pbskids.org/itsmylife
(Public Broadcasting Service)
Click on “It’s My Life” and then the “Body” link to find healthy eating suggestions in the Food Smarts section.
(School Nutrition Association)
Learn about the School Nutrition Association and its programs in schools.
(National Dairy Council)
Nutritional educational tools for parents and educators.
Advertising to Children
(The Children’s Advertising Review Unit of the BBB)
CARU monitors and evaluates child-directed advertising in all media. If you have a concern or question about an ad directed to kids, contact CARU.
Additional Resources for Families
(The Milton Hershey School)
Milton Hershey School is a cost-free, private, coeducational home and school for children from families of low income, limited resources and social need. Located in Hershey, PA., the school offers a structured home life year-round as well as a pre-k through 12th grade education.
Parents, caregivers and teachers can download materials that help pre-school kids develop healthy eating and lifestyle habits early. The site includes dancing games with familiar Sesame Street characters, tips on eating "anytime foods" with Cookie Monster, storybooks, and Seasame Street videos to watch online.
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