In my part of the world, days are balmy, bringing memories of green fields, blooming orchards, and scents of Spring. Many of these memories belong to another continent, where people still plough the land, living off what they reap. There will be seasons of abundance and seasons of lack; crops which blossom in their native soil and land erosion when outsiders demand planting seeds which are foreign and harmful to the land.
In other parts of the world, Spring reminds people to start exercising, before they stretch themselves on beaches and by the pool. Diets are rushed in, miracles demanded.
One may still believe in tooth-faries but miracles are far apart as one grows up.
Good nutrition is vital for all, especially for those who are growing, for they will teach the following generation of the benefits of keeping a healthy, balanced diet.
As fast food chains multiply at a terrifying rate around the world, it is urgent that a spotlight on nutrition is introduced in the classroom. And what better time than Spring?
Nourish Interactive is a great place to start. There are printables for young learners on food labels and healthy habits, as well as games. You can also find posters and other tips and guidelines on healthy eating.
Additionally, younger leaners can play the Food Label game, while older learners can challenge themselves by considering calories.
At Nutrition Explorations (connected to Fuel Up to Play 60) you can find Educational Resources related to Nutrition, such as, Breakfast in the Classroom, with the focus on children learning how essential a good healthy breakfast is for their start of their day.
Even if a teacher does not want/cannot carry out the activities in his/her context, having a lesson around the importance of why and how a healthy breakfast is good for everyone, is an important way to raise learners' awareness.
Regrettably, too many educational institutions have vending machines with cheap chocolates and crisps - certainly tempting but not in the least healthy for the long, busy days of learning. Sugar highs only contribute to the growing epidemic of obesity among the young.
The info graphic below is another suggestion. Learners can work around how fresh the food in their homes are, and compare with the chart below.
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