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.