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Everyone loves a party. Who doesn’t love an excuse for cupcakes? But did you know that your child could easily consume a third of their daily calories in one classroom birthday celebration?
Birthdays, holidays and other school celebrations are great opportunities to promote a healthy lifestyle, provide consistent messages about healthy eating and create excitement around nutritious, tasty choices at school. No one has to be seen as the food police, though. We’re here to tell you that it is possible to plan events that emphasize healthy foods and align with classroom lessons—and even shift the focus and plan non-food events centered around physical activity, music, art and games.
Make it easy and fun for children to practice making healthy choices – and they won’t come home from school too full for dinner!
One food-free classroom party can lead to a school-wide healthy celebrations policy! You’d be surprised—parents are often relieved when they don’t have to wonder what their children are consuming at school. Here are some ideas for crafty ways to celebrate sans snacks.
“A parent said to me, ‘Are you the cupcake police? You're the one that's here making sure that nobody brings cupcakes!’ That allowed a great unique opportunity to have an honest conversation with her and say, ‘No, I'm not the cupcake police. I think you and I want what’s best for our students. If they’re getting five to 10 cupcakes a month and not being active, did you know that really affects how they are learning in the classroom?’ She said no, I encouraged her to join the wellness team, and she did!” -Maritza Gutierrez, Thornton, Colorado
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