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:
- 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.
- 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?
- 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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Key *Quick and easy **Bit of work ***Long-term project