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Guide to Healthy Kids: What Parents Can Do
Banning the clean plate club is just one suggestion you’ll find in this guide to healthy eating habits for families.
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Food for 'ME TOO' Nutrition for the Toddler and Preschooler
Get off to a good start with food habits for your child. This publication teaches you common eating patterns, gives tips for surviving the toddler rollercoaster, and provides a sample menu for children.
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Snacks for Healthy Kids
Replace high fat, high sugar "junk" foods with yummy snacks that satisfy kids and provide good nutrition for growing bodies. Kids are experts at snacking. Create snack stations and let kids choose from your super snack ideas.
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Say 'YES' to Family Meals
Enjoying a simple meal together strengthens family bonds and creates a routine that helps children feel more secure.
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Overweight Kids: What Communities Can Do
Here's help for communities to build partnerships among schools, families, community groups, and individuals to promote healthy living.
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Healthy Hearts: How to Monitor Fat and Cholesterol
The health habits children learn can reduce their risk for heart disease later in life.
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Steps to a Healthier Family
Make smart choices from every food group and the amounts of grains, veggies, fruits, dairy, and protein you should put on your plate.

Also see how much is needed for kids as well as adults. Find hints to avoid mealtime battles and ways to make your calories work for you, not against you.
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Non-food Alternatives for School Rewards and Fundraising
Some food items used for student rewards and school fundraising activities send a conflicting message compared to what is taught about healthy food choices. Check this list of ideas for non-food rewards for elementary, middle, and high school students. More than 50 non-food fundraising ideas also are given.
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What Schools Can Do to Promote Healthy Eating
School environments help shape 95 percent of American children's health behaviors. To help schools identify and provide appropriate food and beverage options, the Institute of Medicine offers voluntary nutrition standards. Learn more about the standards and how to use them.
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What's for Lunch? It's in the Bag
Gain ideas and know how for packing healthy lunches your child will want to eat. Contains tips for preparing and packing food safely as well as menu tips for lunch bag meals. Also includes research data on best methods to keep foods at safe temperatures.

A copy of PM 3026A - MyPlate Lunch Bag Ideas is also included with each.
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Be Active
A two- page, 8.5" x 11" handout available for download as a pdf file. Page 1 provides ideas for types and amounts of physical activity for adults and children. Page 2 outlines MyPlate recommendations for adult and child food intake.
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Be Active - Spanish
A two- page, 8.5" x 11" handout in Spanish available for download as a pdf file. Page 1 provides ideas for types and amounts of physical activity for adults and children. Page 2 outlines MyPlate recommendations for adult and child food intake.
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Creating the Optimum School Health Environment in Your District: What Decision-Makers Need to Know
This publication addresses the changing school environment; school meal requirements and goals, nutrition education and physical activity.
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MyPlate Lunch Bag Ideas
Find great menu ideas to pack your child's lunch bag with MyPlate healthy foods. You'll find kid-friendly foods for fruits, veggies, protein, grains, and dairy. Also, find preparation and packing tips to keep foods at a safe temperature.
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Food and Fitness Craze!
Youth groups will welcome these ideas for snacks, activities, programs, and community service projects. Also includes discussion starters and Internet resources.
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Family Mealtime Conversation Cards/Tarjetas de conversacion para la hora de la comida familiar (Unit=40 cards in a bag)
Forty cards with conversation starters for families to use at mealtime, in the car, or on other occasions.

Both English and Spanish languages appear on the cards.

Cards can also be used with the Strengthening Families Program.

For additional information about the Strengthening Families Program and requirements to effectively administer this program please visit: www.extension.iastate.edu/sfp/


Previously known as: EDC 0248 SET
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School Wellness Policy Pointers
Provides resources for developing and maintaining local school wellness policy committees.
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