Press | Search | Login | Register | En Espanol

School’s Out

Help Kids Enjoy the Summer with Healthful Eating and Activity Tips from Kidnetic.com

Issue June 2010

With the kids home from school for the summer, there are often big changes in the daily routine, including new activities, vacations, and sometimes less than ideal meals and snacks. If you know children who will be starting their summer break soon, you are also likely to hear “I’m bored” at least a few times. How can we help our kids to eat well, stay active, and avoid boredom? Check out these helpful Kidnetic.com resources for kids, parents, families, day care providers, and camp counselors.

There is Something for Everyone with Kidnetic.com

The Kidnetic.com resources were developed by the International Food Information Council Foundation based on findings from consumer research completed in 2000 and 2005.  The goal of the program is to promote healthful eating and active living in a way that is fun and relevant. The integrated educational resources include the Kidnetic.com Web site for kids and parents; the Kidnetic.com Leader’s Guide, an educational resource with lessons for health professionals and others working with kids; and the Kidnetic.com Real-Life Guide for Parents, a brochure aimed at helping parents keep the whole family healthy.

These resources, designed to inspire kids and their families to move toward more healthful lifestyles, have been updated to reflect current science and federal guidance. The Kidnetic.com Web site and resources also are non-commercial, which means that there are no ads, sales promotions, or, links to any company or brand Web sites.

For the kids…


If you’re a parent or family member…

If you’re a camp counselor, educator or daycare provider, or health professional…

  • The Kidnetic.com Leader’s Guide provides 13 fun and easy-to-use modules focused on food, fitness, fun, feelings, and family to teach children in a variety of settings: classrooms, summer- and after-school programs, daycare programs, summer camps, and other settings for youth education. While the Leader’s Guide and accompanying resources were extensively pilot-tested with kids, ages 9-12 years, the content can be easily tailored to fit the needs for children of all ages.
  • Serve up nutritious and kid-tested Smart Snacks like Insect-Infested Logs or Grape-n-Cheese Mini-Kebabs! Find other recipes for breakfast, lunch, and snacks on the website.  Begin your own “budding chef academy” using these kid-friendly recipes.
  • If you can get online, have a group of kids check out Kidnetic.com, where they can get up and get moving with games in the Kore. Take turns with one kid designing moves for the group in the Dance Move Mixer, or play the Scavenger Hunt as a team!

The summer is a great time for kids to enjoy their time away from school and to learn healthful habits that can help them live active, healthier lives. Kidnetic.com resources can help parents and role models teach these lessons to kids in a fun, kid-friendly way.  Enjoy!  

Click here to learn more about the development of the Kidnetic.com program and resources.

Average ( Ratings):

Add a comment

Log in or create an account to post a comment

Rate It:

Blog
See All »
 

NewsletterSee All »
 

Also In This Issue

  • Assessing The Sodium Situation: The Consumer’s Perspective | 10/6/2011

    The topic of sodium consumption has received increased attention and stimulated much debate among the scientific and public health communities recently due to its effect on blood pressure and the increasing prevalence of hypertension in the U.S. population. Various studies have examined many aspects of sodium and official reports with sodium recommendations are not lacking either. more »

  • Eat a Rainbow: Functional Foods and Their Colorful Components | 10/6/2011

    Have you ever heard that it is important to “eat a rainbow” of foods? This may be a good way to think about your diet because numerous functional foods can be recognized and grouped together by their color. Functional foods are foods or dietary components that may provide a health benefit beyond basic nutrition. This fall, dive into the color of the various functional foods listed below and unlock the health benefits that may already be on your plate. more »

  • NewsBite: New “Everything You Need to Know About Aspartame” Brochure Provides Consumer-Friendly Information on Popular Low-Calorie Sweetener | 10/6/2011

    With obesity rates among Americans at an all-time high, it is more important than ever to inform consumers about safe and effective weight management options available to them. Low-calorie sweeteners such as aspartame can be a helpful tool for managing calories. more »