Inspiring Action - A Leader’s Guide to helping kids lead the charge for a healthy community

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Food Fanatics — Are the kids in your group curious about cooking or growing food? Turn that delicious urge into an exciting campaign!
Snack Attacks
Snack Attack

Did you know that 40 percent of the calories most kids get every day come from “empty calories” in sugary drinks and desserts?9 Here is one way your group can encourage nutritious snacking:

  1. Start off by having your group find out more about their peers’ snacking habits. Discover: What are kids eating and drinking before and after school? Are they buying food or getting it at home? Where? How often? Make a list of the healthy foods kids are snacking on, and the items that are not as healthy. Go to We Can! for examples of healthy foods.
  2. Visit the places kids purchase candy, prepackaged snacks, sodas, or sports drinks. Discover: Do these stores also sell healthier items, such as fruits and vegetables, water, low-fat or fat-free milk, or yogurt?
  3. Talk with the shop owners about how they could help your group create an environment that encourages people to make healthy food choices, such as moving healthier foods to the front of the store, offering discounts on healthier foods, putting up “healthy bargain” signs, and stocking more nutritious choices.
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Put Down Some Roots
Put Down Some Roots
Studies have shown that people (kids and grown-ups) are more likely to try fruits and vegetables that they have grown themselves.10
So why not get your group planting?
Meet Kebreeya
Meet Kebreeya
What’s a student to do when the school cafeteria doesn’t offer any healthy food options? Dream big and take action! See what Kebreeya Lewis, a high school student in Goldsboro, NC, accomplishes in Kebreeya’s Salad Days.

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ACTION IDEAS

Put Down Some Roots**

Studies have shown that people (kids and grown-ups) are more likely to try fruits and vegetables that they have grown themselves.10 So why not get your group planting?

  1. Take a walk around your school or community and make note of places that might hold a small garden. (Remember, cement spaces are okay, too! Your group can create simple “raised” beds like this one.)
  2. Talk to the owner of the space and see if he or she is willing to let you use it. Consider creating posters or writing letters to help make your case.
  3. Get planting! Try these organizations for easy-to-implement tips: the National Gardening Association, the American Community Gardening Association, School Garden Wizard, the USDA, and your local Cooperative Extension office).

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ACTION IDEAS

More Inspired Ideas

Here are a few more moving ideas to consider:

  • Make signs promoting healthy choices at the school cafeteria or corner store.*
  • Work with your school’s Child Nutrition Director to identify new healthy items that can be served at school.**
  • Help to organize a blind taste test in the school cafeteria or in a local grocery store. Serve familiar foods as well as a few less common fruits and vegetables (such as mangoes, papayas, and jicama) to expose children to new foods.**
  • Copy easy recipes for preparing healthy snacks, and distribute them in front of your school, grocery store, or corner store. Check out www.chopchopmag.org and We Can! for kid-friendly recipes!**
  • Create a healthy recipe book to give away or sell at a club or school fund-raiser!**
  • Hold a family cook-off and see who can come up with the most creative healthy dish.**

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