♪ [music playing–
no dialogue] ♪♪. Hi, I’m Mallori Tomblin, a
graduate dietetics student from Eastern Illinois
University, and today I want to stress to you the importance
of how feeding a child can be important
to their health. In 2006, the CDC reported that
17% of children ages 6 to 11 suffered from obesity, so it’s
our job as parents and childcare providers to incorporate a
healthy diet into their diet. It’s easy to say that feeding
children can be very frustrating and a challenging process,
so we want to encourage them to try new foods. Often it can take up to 10
times for a child to be introduced to a food before
they actually want to try it. It can be frustrating as
a parent, so don’t force your child to eat
the food. Forcing children to eat
food can cause over-eating and emotional eating, so
this is something you want to steer clear of. As providers, it’s our
responsibility and our duty to promote a positive attitude
towards eating and provide healthy meals and snacks. So you ask, what’s one
of the easiest ways to teach children about
nutrition? Well, you can teach them
portion sizing and how to read the food label. Portion sizing can be
taught very simply. You can teach them
with just your hand. You can teach them the fist
of your hand would be the appropriate size for an apple,
or that the palm of your hand would be an appropriate size
for a serving of meat, and the tip of your thumb would be
an appropriate serving size for an oil or a fat. These are just simple
techniques. You can also use household
items such as a tennis ball. That would be the appropriate
size, again, for a medium-sized fruit or a CD would be
an appropriate size for a pancake or a bagel. These are simple techniques
you can use in the home to teach children
about portions. You also want to teach children
how to read a nutrition label. Reading the label
can be simple. We want to teach them
about the serving size. Serving sizes can be directly
related back to portion control. If they know what the portion
should be they can kind of get a better guess of what
the serving should be. Also, we want to teach them
about the three things we want to look for
on the label. We want to look for calories,
carbohydrates, and protein. The three things we want to
teach the children they want to limit in their diet would be
fat, cholesterol, and sodium. We have to remember that it’s
our duty, again, to incorporate these things into the
child’s life. And if you’re a childcare
provider you’re wondering, how can I incorporate nutritious
foods into my budget. An easy way to do this would
be to create a cycle menu. Cycle menus can be created
for four to five weeks. This will allow you to cut back
on stress, time, and budget. You can do these things by once
you have created a cycle menu and you’ve gone through the
cycle menu once or twice, you’re going to be able to
project exactly how much food you have to by when you
go to the grocery store. This is going to help you
cut back on food waste. You’re also going to start to
be able to buy in bulk and that’s going to help you
cut back on your budget. You can also cut back on
the stress and timing of cooking food and
preparing food. You can prepare once and eat
twice, so you can prepare all of your meals at one time and
freeze them until it’s time to eat, or you could do it once a
day and then eat twice a day. Also, the cycle menus can
help to eliminate stress and time when the children are
in the facility if you have created them before hand. It also is a great activity for
the children to get involved in. They can get involved in either
the planning or preparing of the menus and they can also learn
exactly what they’re eating and if they are getting enough
fruits and vegetables or grains and dairy products
throughout the week. You can also incorporate the
parents, and they can take the menus home and incorporate
nutrition at the home as well. So if you’re a parent you’re
wondering, what resources are available to me to be able to
learn about how to incorporate nutrition into our
lifestyle. You could check out this book,
it’s “The American Dietetic Association’s Guide To How
To Get Your Kids To Eat”, and it’s for ages 5 to 11. They talk about how to
incorporate physical activity, fun activities with food,
and snacks that are appropriate for children. You can also check out
Ellen Sader’s book. She is a great writer, she
has lots of books about parenting and nutrition,
and this particular book is “How To Get Your Kid To
Eat, But Not Too Much”. Ellen Sader has several other
books out there as well that would be a
great resource. Now if you’re a childcare
provider I can’t encourage you enough to attend the Color
My Nails Healthy workshop. The Color My Nails Healthy
workshop is a workshop that is put on by INET. INET is the Illinois Nutrition
Education Training program. They put on workshops that
encourage childcare providers to incorporate nutrition
into their facilities. If you attend the Color My
Nails Healthy workshop, you will get the “Making It Bounce
and Kicking It Up” workbook. This workbook is a
great reference for childcare providers. It offers different recipes
that are incorporated and it gives samples of
menu cycles, as well. And also, it incorporates
other worksheets about how to incorporate nutrient-rich
foods into the child’s diet. If you live in the Coles
County area, or around the Coles County area, I
encourage you to attend the Color My Nails
Healthy workshop. It is located at the
Coles County Center for Human Services. It’s going to be offered
November 17, 2009 from 6 to 9 PM. It’s a free workshop and you
do receive this booklet free of cost for any childcare
provider that wants to come. So if you have anymore questions
regarding the Color My Nails Healthy workshop, please visit
the INET’s website, which is kidseatwell.org, or you can
call Childcare Resource Center and Referral located at
Eastern Illinois University. So just remember, parents
and providers, it is our responsibility to
incorporate a healthy diet into our children’s lives. ♪ [music playing–
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