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  • Getting Kids Interested In Eating Healthy Founding Executive DirectorAction for Healthy KidsAlicia Moag-Stahlberg, MS, RD

  • *Consumption data from NHANES 2001-2002 What Kids Are Not Eating

  • Kids environment Bombarded by ads for food Communicate more w friends than adults Have money to spend and spend it on food/drinksEasy access to fast foods, pop, candy, chips (hard to get healthful options) Making meal decisions for self and family Less (or none) experience cooking Low nutrition savvy

  • Information SourcesMass mediaThe StreetFamily School Health care

  • *Students RealitiesHungryMalnourishedTiredStressedBulliedSedentary, unfitOverweight, obeseAbused

    Depressed or other mental health issuesLearning/emotional disabilitiesChronic illnesses asthma, diabetes, heart diseaseUsing alcohol or other drugs Issues at home

  • What is most important?Avoiding sexually transmitted diseaseGetting good gradesAvoiding drugs, alcoholSpending time w friendsSpending time w familyGetting enough exerciseGetting enough sleep, managing stressEating healthy

  • Body Size and SatisfactionMore girls describe themselves as overweight than boysMore (50%) older kids (ages 13-18) than (40%) younger kids (10-12) describe themselves as overweightMore girls (54%) than boys (36%) thought they should lose a little or lose a lot of weightMore kids are trying weight loss products/diets

  • Eating HealthyDo students care?Youth understand the importance of healthful eatingUnderstood the value of eating healthy foods and how that can positively impact a persons health.Healthy foods help people to live healthy lives and avoid ailments such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.

  • Eating HealthyYouth said that they eat healthier outside school than inside school.Youth feel that messages emphasizing the consequences of not eating healthy foods would be more effective in changing behavior than promoting the positive effects of healthy food choices.Youth want advice from doctors and fitness professionals about improving their health and wellness.

  • Barriers to Eating HealthyFoods at school do not taste/look goodI like fast food/junk foodIm young, does not matterParents, elders not eating healthyNot importantwhy should I?

  • What motivates kids ?Access to tasty, appealing healthful foodsEncouragement !!!!Discussing, talking, arguing about healthy eatingHaving a reason, why bother improved fitness and feeling better , positive affect on learning/achievement, physical appearance (approach topic carefully)Knowing what to do

  • Incorporating NutritionTime and formatNumber of students Multiple lessons or one Out of class assignmentsCredible and relevant

  • Relevant TopicsWhat is healthy and what is not?Selecting healthy choices at gas station/convenience store.Why we eat - replacement activities.Eating on the fly - what matters most? How much money spent on food? Making a simple meal Eating for healthy weight

  • IdeasBasics still necessary What foods kids need to eat more ofHow to balance food and activityWhat are you really paying for?Ads, packaging, claims, location, gimmicksHow much do you spend on food each week?Amount saved if you made the food


  • Sugar and Fat How much sugar do you eat each day?Collect wrappers of what you eat for one dayCalculate 4 grams = 1 tsp sugar = 16 calories Little to none nutrients in high sugar, high calFat weighs more and does not fill you up moreCalculate 5 grams = 1 tsp = 45 caloriesFood density important for hunger not just calories soups, vegetables, high fiber

  • Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge


    How do the final food intake patterns compare with what Americans now eat? This graph depicts that comparison for two age-sex groups, shown as the percent change needed to meet recommendations.

    The zero line indicates the amount currently consumed, and the bars indicate the percent increase (above the zero line) or decrease (below the zero line) in consumption that is needed to meet recommendations. This slide shows the five food groups. To meet recommendations individuals need a substantial increase in consumption for four food groupsfruits, vegetables, meat and beans, and milk.

    Consumption data is based on NHANES 01-02 data2002 survey with student council leaders 65% incorrect # servings dairy, 71% incorrect meats, 61% incorrect vegetables, 64% incorrect fruit, 72% incorrect about grains******Youth stated that in general they eat healthier at home then they do at school.Youth tend to eat more fruits and vegetables outside of school, usually at home during meals prepared by their parents.I eat more snacks at school than I do at home. I eat real food at home. (African American female) At school, I eat chips and candy. But at home I eat real food. (African American male) Your parents are constantly feeding you vegetables. (African American male)

    Thats the only person I would listen to: a doctor. (Hispanic male) The doctor knows all about your body. My doctor requires me to eat healthy because I have eczema. I have to drink a lot of water in order to not get dehydrated. (African American male) A doctor could tell me I could improve my basketball by eating fruits. (Hispanic male)


    They described finding rotten fruit and vegetables and spoiled dairy products