August is Kids Eat Right Month™ - the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' and the Academy Foundation's month-long celebration of children and nutrition. We join in the campaign for our children's healthy future, and invite you to do so as well. Whether you’re in the pediatric nutrition field or not, today we’re providing you with resources that focus on healthy eating and active lifestyles for every age group from infants to teens, in the hopes that you’ll inspire any child or teen you encounter to get excited about trying a new food, helping out in the kitchen, or growing a tomato plant in their backyard!
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Resources
Taken directly from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ website, the organization suggests dietitians get involved in the Kids Eat Right campaign via the following:
Visit the Academy Foundation website to access free resources and toolkits, as well as learn more about grant opportunities to support your work
Contact a local school, community group, library or faith community to schedule a nutrition presentation or cooking demo for children and families
Promote your Kids Eat Right Month efforts in newsletters or on websites and to your local media using the Kids Eat Right Month Media Materials
Pediatric Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Pediatric Nutrition DPG is another resource for dietitians interested in the wellbeing and overall health of children. This particular practice group is comprised of more than 3,000 practitioners who provide nutrition counseling and services in a variety of settings. Members have access to countless resources, including position papers on the topics of school nutrition, nutrition in child care, promoting and supporting breastfeeding, and many more. In addition, members may view the Pediatric Nutrition Care Manual, participate in networking events and peruse conference opportunities.
Dietitians Share Their Childhood Nutrition Resources
Many of you have created invaluable resources on childhood and teen nutrition for your peers and colleagues. Visit Jill Castle’s (“The Childhood Nutrition Expert”) website and download her free handouts that include “51 Snacks for Kids,” “Love Your Lunchbox” plus many others.
For additional handouts and resources to help you at your next visit with the mother of a picky eater, or to help you get your own children helping in the kitchen, we also suggest a visit to RD2RD.com, where you’ll find dietitian-created resources such as a “Sensory Protein Guide for Picky Eaters,” and fruit and vegetable ABC posters to help children learn more about produce!
If you have questions about billing for a childhood group session or a session with a parent plus child, we’re here to answer your questions as always! Happy Kids Eat Right Month!
If you have a childhood nutrition resource to share, please list it below!
Note: The resources mentioned above serve only to give you general information and a general sense of understanding. Links from Healthy Bytes to third-party sites do not constitute an endorsement by Healthy Bytes of the parties or their products and services.