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 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).
Instructor, Terri Edwards, earned her Plant-Based Nutrition Certification through eCornell’s, T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is licensed through the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine as a Food for Life instructor.
All Food for Life Sessions Offered:
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a non-profit organization that began in 1985 with only a handful of physicians but has grown to have more than 12,000 physician members. PCRM has been advancing healthcare through preventative medicine–especially through good nutrition–and through clinical research for over 3 decades.