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Get Your Kids Involved In Healthy Cooking As Part Of National Nutrition Month’s Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Ranked 50th in Fruits & Vegetables Consumption, Oklahomans Urged To Eat More Fruits & Veggies

[location] (March XX, 2012) – Everyone knows if you can engage children in something, the more interest they’re going to have, the more they’re going to learn, the more they’re going to want to do it. And so it is with eating more fruits and vegetables.

“By exposing and involving your children in the meal planning, shopping and preparing process, you engage them in healthy eating and establish good food habits for life,” said [coalition/group/agency spokesperson], [coalition/group/agency name]. “What we’ve done is provide excellent resources for families to do just that.”

Shape Your Future, the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan Obesity Work Group and [coalition/group/agency] have partnered with Fruits & Veggies—More Matters (www.fruitsandvegetablesmorematters.org) as a resource to make it easier for individuals and families to get more fruits and vegetables into their daily routine. A component of that website is www.foodchamps.org which is a kid-designed site to engage children at an early age to healthy eating. Features of the website include a fruit or vegetable character that children select to guide them through the site, and sections including fun & games, artwork, coloring sheets, recipes and activity pages.

10 ways to get kids involved in healthy cooking and shopping according to Fruits & Veggies— More Matters are:

  • Mean Green Cleaning Machine – Let them wash fruits and vegetables when preparing for cooking or eating.
  • Pick a Peck – When shopping, let them select a new fruit or vegetable to try, or several.
  • Make It Snappy – Let them snap the green beans, snap peas, or break the flowerets from the broccoli or cauliflower.
  • I Spy – Play “I Spy” in the produce section when grocery shopping.
  • Tear It Up – Let them tear the lettuce for salads and sandwiches.
  • Measure Up – Let them measure the frozen vegetables before cooking them.
  • Peel & Slice – Older children can peel and slice carrots, cucumbers, potatoes, etc.
  • Stir & Spice – Make applesauce from fresh apples. Let them help stir and add the cinnamon.
  • A Sprinkle A Day – Let them sprinkle herbs or other seasoning onto vegetables.
  • Monster Mash – Pull out the potato masher.

 For more information about incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet, including meal planning, ways to serve, recipes, growing your own and buying local, or National Nutrition Month initiatives, visit www.ShapeYourFutureOK.com, www.eatright.org/nnm/, and www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org.

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FOR ALL:

The Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan (OHIP), mandated by the Oklahoma Legislature, sets a clear path to transform Oklahoma from a state that consistently reports a poor health status to a state that demonstrates a dynamic process allowing Oklahomans to lead healthier lives.  OHIP addresses improving health outcomes through targeted “flagship initiatives” of children’s health improvement, tobacco use prevention, and obesity reduction. The plan also looks at the complex issue of increasing the effectiveness and accountability of the public health infrastructure. Finally, the plan discusses approaches to addressing the social determinants of health – those factors such as poverty, education, access to health services, housing and transportation – that help determine whether individuals stay healthy or become ill.  Learn more at: www.ShapeYourFutureOK.com or www.health.ok.gov.

 

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