Nutrition Education

We sometimes forget that good eating habits are learned throughout our childhood. Children learn good eating by watching the important adults in their lives and by being offered a wide variety of different foods. Young children are often unsure or nervous about trying new foods. When foods are offered in a relaxed setting and children are not pressured to try new foods, they relax and are more comfortable.

Children learn good eating habits by being offered healthy foods every day and by feeling in control of their eating by being able to refuse foods politely. Children are most likely to enjoy new foods when they feel like they "know" the food because it has been a part of their daily life through nutrition activities. Nutrition activities should be planned around healthy foods we would like the children to enjoy. Nutrition activities can include picture books, stories, gardening, cooking and so much more.

CARE Connection: Nutrition Education

Cooking Connection - Easy cooking activities

Craft Connection - Fun and simple arts and crafts projects with a nutrition message

Learning Connection - Just about any early education concept can be learned through food

Music, Movement and Play Connection - Active games and music with a good nutrition theme

CARE Connection Nutrition Education Webinars - A series of four webinars that emphasize nutrition messages for young children. Also available via online courses.

More Than Mud Pies, 5th ed. - a year of children's learning activities with a nutrition message