In researching helpful information sources for National Nutrition Month, I came across a great website dedicated to teaching children about healthy eating. Founded by a former ICU nurse who became concerned about the number of young teenagers she encountered professionally who were already suffering morbid obesity, the site displays this mission statement:
Nourish Interactive’s mission is to offer fun, innovative solutions that empower children to make healthy choices. We support parents and teachers with free interactive games and tools that promote a healthier lifestyle.
The teaching resources the site provides for parents and teachers are extensive and well organized, the children's games and activities both entertaining and informative. The site mascot is the cute and engaging Chef Solus, who leads kids through a variety of games, food choice scenarios and recipes.
The sheer volume of activities and learning exercises could keep adults and children occupied for hours -- but the site addresses that issue also, periodically reminding kids that they need to take a break from the computer after 20 minutes and participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
I have to say, this is one of the best designed educational sites I have found in many thousands of hours on the Internet, and its mission is an important one. But don't take my word for it, visit http://www.nourishinteractive.com/ yourself. If you agree, please pass the word by sharing it with other parents and educators.
Article by Kim Washetas, contributing writer and enthusiastic whole health advocate.