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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #105 Take Your Kids To The Supermarket Month
September 29, 2008


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Take Your Child to the Supermarket during National Fruits & Veggies-More Matters Month

Wilmington, Del. - September is National Fruits & Veggies-More MattersĀ® Month!

In honor of this celebration, the Produce for Better Health Foundation website team has developed "Take Your Child to the Supermarket" activities to help parents introduce the bountiful variety of fruits and vegetables to their children. These materials are available to everyone online, free of charge. Just print them out and plan a trip to the store!

The "Take Your Child to the Supermarket" materials were designed as a series of fun, educational activities that encourage parents to get involved in teaching their children about fruits and vegetables during a trip to their favorite grocery retailer.

The activities are age appropriate for kids four through ten years old, but may be appropriate for kids a little younger or a little older depending on the individual child. They are designed to encourage children to eat more fruits and vegetables.

The "Take Your Child to the Supermarket" activities give parents new tools to help them engage the whole family in the shopping experience and teach children that fruits and veggies can be fun in an entertaining, memorable way. The activity pages can also be printed out by teachers to provide a way to reinforce nutrition lessons while the kids enjoy a fun game.

The new activities include:

Eat Your Colors Everyday - It's important to eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables everyday. This activity encourages kids to find five different fruits and vegetables in each of five color groups.

I'm Stuck on Fruits & Veggies - This activity encourages children to collect the PLU stickers from each piece of fresh fruit or veggie eaten at home and place them on the "I'm Stuck on Fruits & Veggies" card. When the card is full, the child can receive a special treat and then begin another card!

All Forms Count - Fruits and vegetables come in many different forms, fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and 100 percent juice, and they're all good tasting and packed with good nutrition! This activity encourages children to check off the different forms of fruits and veggies they find as they explore the supermarket!

"Parents have a tremendous influence on their children," said Elizabeth Pivonka, Ph.D., R.D., president and CEO of Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) the nonprofit entity behind the Fruits & Veggies-More Matters national public health initiative. "Taking a little extra time at the grocery store to interact with kids and single out fruits and vegetables as important could make those kids more willing to give healthy fruits and veggies another try.

We hope to help moms by offering the 'Take Your Child to the Supermarket' activities as a fun way for kids to learn about good nutrition."

The new "Take Your Child to the Supermarket" materials can be printed from the Fruits & Veggies-More Matters website, www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org.

The website also features great tips for adding extra fruits and vegetables to the whole family's diet, from user-friendly cooking advice and recipes, meal planning help, nutrition information and interactive areas where parents can have their questions answered by other parents or a registered dietitian.




Read the latest food trends and happenings with the links below:

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STRAWBERRY BANANA SPLASH

Ingredients

1 cup vanilla yogurt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup of low-fat milk

2 cups crushed bananas

1 1/2 cups strawberries

Blend together and enjoy!

SOURCE: Thank you Taylor, for sharing this family recipe!



What will your family do for healthier MEALTIMES?

Celebrating Healthy Families 2008



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