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Food for Life: Kids Health

The Power of Food for a Healthy Start

The health problems faced by our youth today are unlike any in the past. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Poor diet and lack of exercise put today’s children at greater risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer later in life. A foundation for healthy eating at a young age is needed to lessen the risk for chronic diseases.

In the Food for Life: Kids Health classes, the curriculum highlights the positives of the four food groups (whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables) in the Power Plate . Children ages 9-12 are exposed to the great taste and health benefits of eating a plant-based diet through kid-friendly recipes approved by PCRM’s staff of dietitians. The curriculum aims to empower children with the knowledge and skills they need to establish healthy habits to carry them well into adulthood.

Featured Class Topics and Objectives

  • Breakfasts - Fruit
    Identify the new four food groups using the Power Plate and learn the important role that plant foods in the diet.
  • Snacks - Legumes
    Understand the role of fiber for overall health.
  • Lunches - Vegetables
    Understand the importance of eating vegetables and the health benefits of found in vegetables.
  • Dinners - Grains
    Recognize the value of eating whole grains and the nutrients that they contain.

In the Food for Life: Kids Health classes, each child receives a workbook filled with activities and worksheets focused on nutrition and several recipes (many of which will be demonstrated in class).

Vita-Mix The blenders used in many of our Food for Life classes were generously donated by the Vita-Mix Corporation.

Saladmaster. We change lives. The cookware and induction burners used in many of these classes were generously donated by Saladmaster.

New instructors and cities are frequently added. Watch this site for new classes near you.