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  • Pack Your Own Food!

    Processed and packaged foods are often expensive and less healthy. Pack your own fruit, veggies and dip, or pieces of cheese in reusable containers. It will save you money and encourage a healthy lifestyle!
  • Let Your Kids Help

    Kids who help with planning and preparing lunch may be more likely to eat it! Pack lunches together the night before to save time in the morning. Leftovers from supper can make a great lunch for tomorrow!
  • Have Fun

    Use cookie cutters or cut shapes into sandwiches, fruit and other healthy food items. Special notes and stickers hidden in lunch boxes are great ‘treats’ rather than high fat or high sugar foods.
  • Nut Allergies

    Nut allergies can be life threatening. Help protect your child’s school environment and don’t send nuts or foods containing nut ingredients to school. Use sandwich fillings such as lean meat, poultry, fish, egg salad, hummus or beans instead.
  • Always Read the Labels

    Never assume a food is free of nuts or peanuts as an ingredient. Do not buy foods without a complete ingredient list. Read ingredient labels every time you shop as companies change their products often!
  • In Season Produce

    Fruits and vegetables that are in season are usually less expensive, better quality, and can often be found locally.
  • Freezing and Canning

    Buy in season local fruits and vegetables and freeze or even learn to home can these foods to enjoy them in winter.
  • Root Vegetables

    Root vegetables like potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, sweet potatoes and onions are often great bargains at the grocery store or farmer’s market; use them in soups and stews.
  • Learning to be Active

    Children need physical activity every day to grow up healthy. Help kids learn to be active at an early age. As they grow up, encourage and support them in their physical activities.
  • Play Every Day

    Kids learn most about being active from their families. As a parent, keep a positive attitude about physical activity. Daily family active play is important in keeping children healthy.
  • School Clothes

    At school, make sure your children are dressed in clothes that are easy to be active in and bring well fitting running shoes.
  • Flu shot

    The flu shot is the best way to avoid getting influenza because it stimulates the body to produce antibodies against the influenza virus.
  • Nourishing minds

    Comprehensive School Community Health incorporates health into all aspects of school and learning.
  • Healthy environment

    Creating a healthy nutrition environment in your school requires the participation and support of families and the community.
  • Better learning

    Did you know that healthy young people learn better and achieve more?
  • Sitting nicely

    Teach children to behave nicely at mealtime. Avoid pressuring children to eat.
  • Talk to one another

    Turn off the screens. Use mealtime to spend time together and talk with each other.