The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research states that childhood obesity is a serious U.S. public health problem. The obesity crisis in our country is “top of mind” for me because over the past 2 years I lost 62 pounds! The one person who made a difference in my life was my nutritionist. She took me back to the basics. She provided me with information on the food groups and how to prepare a healthy plate. I really needed a brush-up course on the health benefits of fruits and vegetables. With the help of my nutritionist, I have a new relationship with food, and I have reduced my risk of the serious health problems related to obesity.
As an early childhood educator, you can be a part of the solution to this serious problem. The Excellerations® My Healthy Plate Magnet Activity Set (USDAMAG) is a fun and engaging curriculum supplement based on the USDA’s “Choose My Plate” campaign!
The set can be used for students ages 3 and up and it includes:
*Two-sided magnetic table chart: 12"H x 18"W
*4 brightly-colored placemats: 9"H x 12"W
*48 foam magnets depicting easily recognizable foods labeled in both English and Spanish
*Bilingual activity guide included.
My Healthy Plate Open House
As advocates for children eating healthy meals, we need to promote eating healthy as fun and exciting!
So, you may want to host a “My Healthy Plate Open House Event” to celebrate eating healthy!
- Invite parents to come to your center and bring healthy food and snacks. Decorate the room with streamers, balloons and other festive decorations.
- Have a section on several tables to represent each food group. Make food group table signs and place the dish on the appropriate section of the table.
- Before the families begin to dine, use the My Healthy Plate Magnet Activity Set (USDAMAG) and conduct a group discussion about how to prepare a healthy plate and the benefits of eating healthy. It is important to have the children participate and share their knowledge during the discussion. (By the way, we had a review on our website from a dietitian that stated she uses the My Healthy Plate Magnet Activity Set (USDAMAG) in her practice with adults and children.)
- Play relaxing music while the families dine. But after the meal, bring up the tempo and get moving to burn off a few calories! Play upbeat music, bring out the ribbons, your classroom instruments and dance, dance, dance!
My name is Francine Towbridge, and I am the Account Manager for Maryland, D.C, Virginia and Delaware.
I take pleasure in working with customers who love our Discount School Supply® products. If you decide to host this event, I’d love to be a part of your healthy eating celebration! Send an invite to Ftowbridge@discountschoolsupply.com and I’ll bring a few door prizes!