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Nutrition Classes for Parents and Teachers

Nutrition Classes for Parents and Teachers

I recently interviewed a woman who coordinates nutrition classes for parents and teachers. I found her work to be both inspiring and encouraging. There is often the assumption that children don’t like healthy foods. We often believe that, if given free rein, they’d eat nothing but candy and potato chips. But that’s not always true. Many children prefer to eat what they’re used to, whether that’s healthy, whole food or junk food.

Moreover, many parents strive to do what is best for their children but may be are unaware of cost effective ways of providing their children with healthy food, or how to acclimate their children to new foods. These nutrition classes, specifically designed to introduce children to healthy foods in developmentally appropriate and affordable ways, are invaluable.

What is more, given the atrocious state of school lunches, it is important to educate teachers about the significance of nutrition. If more teachers come to believe that a healthy diet can significantly improve a child’s academic performance, perhaps they will begin putting pressure on school district to purchase healthier lunch options. Our children eat what adults provide for them, so it is critical that we educate those adults who care for children about the importance of a healthy diet.

 

Read more: Children, Diet & Nutrition, Family, Food, Health, Healthy Schools

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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.

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4:38AM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

That would be a great idea.

2:25PM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

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12:13AM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

I would have loved to join one of these classes when my child was small. Good idea!

1:09AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Thanks for this great article.

7:13AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

knowledge is indeed the first step to better nutrition oftentimes

8:16AM PDT on May 22, 2012

thanks

11:20PM PDT on May 20, 2012

I agree with Sue H

10:32PM PDT on May 20, 2012

Thanks

10:04PM PDT on May 20, 2012

More about the interview? How long has she been teaching these classes, where can you take similar ones, what did you learn?

5:17PM PDT on May 20, 2012

Worth reading. Thanks.

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