Educating Children To Make The Right ChoicesTue 12 Mar 2013
Story by @nge
My Revolution to school snacks is to educate children to make the right choices.
“A school is an institution designed for the teaching of students (or "pupils") under the direction of teachers.” But schools are not the only means by which kids should be educated; it is also a parent’s job.
As a Mum, I am health conscious and I try to teach my kids how to eat healthy and natural foods. What a challenging task when it comes to snacks! That is why as a Food Revolution ambassador I choose to educate children around healthy eating and living.
My version of healthy eating is close to real food and I also try to avoid “unhealthy ingredients” and to make cakes & meals from natural and unprocessed food as much as I can.
A Lack of Awareness around Health and Food
I believe that many health problems can be prevented or alleviated with a healthy diet.
I believe that our modern society is more and more confronted with health issues such as obesity due to the lack of awareness of young people around health & food.
I do not work (yet) in the food or health industry but when I have free time I organise workshops to make children aware on what they should be eating to feel good and what they should probably avoid.
My very first Food Revolution workshop was around snacks because it is, I think, one of the most sensitive topics when it comes to young people.
Our modern society has made time very rare, hence homemade and healthy snacks are not really the top priority; shops and mentality are all oriented around fast and sugary snacks and many schools even have vending machines filled with these types of snacks.
Making children aware of why bars, crisps & fizzy drinks aren’t their ideal snack is not an easy task. We do say however, that even small changes have an impact. And this is what I try to do.
“Revolution your Snack”
The first event I hosted as a Food Revolution Ambassador was called “Revolution your Snack”, in which children learned about real food snacks. We created a ‘snack-learning journey’ from the market to the kitchen, watched an educational video and I talked to the kids about what real food is and why snacks should come from the kitchen, not the vending machine.
Children are smart and curious, and I was positively surprised to see that they enjoyed the Revolution your snack day I organised! You can read more about the event here.
Months after the event, a few of the participants have already made changes – giving up sodas and fizzy drinks and trying to eat more real and natural food such as fruits and vegetables. My daughter is a witness to this every day at school!
Because unhealthy snacks are always displayed in schools, offices, leisure centres and shops, the solution is to educate young people around healthy choices so they will know what to do.
This is why I will always put a fruit and some nuts in my children’s bags in case they need something to snack on.
My aim this year is to reach Mums as well and to help them help their kids and family to make the right choices when it comes to food. I would like to reconcile them with their kitchen & the love for real food.
Keep happy-healthy & eat well,
About the author: @nge is the founder of the GOSH food (Gourmet Organic Simple Healthier food) concept. French Londoner, she works in Finance but spends her free time looking after her 2 kids, running, studying & blogging on healthy eating and living. She is a healthy living coach for Mums. She is a Food Revolution Ambassador in London. You can find out more on her website www.gosh-food.com and also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
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