This week’s Top Ten Learnist boards have a theme–healthy foods and health education. Childhood obesity is on the rise, and health issues related to diabetes, poor nutrition, and a sedentary lifestyle are fast becoming a top priority for schools and families.
Even the military has weighed in on this subject–recent statistics show that nearly one-third of 17 to 24 year olds joining the armed forces exceed weight requirements.
Children who are not properly educated in areas of nutrition are at high risk of becoming adults who do not have healthy eating habits. While these boards represent perspectives from a variety of authors–from education people to food and sustainability experts, many of this weeks learnboards feature nutritionist Emily Dingmann.
One of the benefits of using Learnist is there are so many top-level experts involved. Learnist’s social learning features allow direct interaction with these experts, so go ahead, check out the boards, ask Emily a question, or even make a suggestion on one of the topics using the “suggest a learning” feature.
Emily works in the natural food industry and has extensive experience helping children at a weight loss camp, where she planned meals and taught kids how to cook healthy, tasty meals, and more importantly, to build habits that last a lifetime. She blogs at http://www.anutritionisteats.com
Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
This board, created by expert nutritionist Emily Dingmann, emphasises the effects of childhood obesity as well as strategies for maintaining healthy activity and weight levels for children.
Pink “Slime” in School Lunches
Awareness of school lunch choices is on the rise. Popular backlash against “pink slime” and inferior ingredients included in school lunches has helped lead to the coordination of the “farm to school” movement. Crystal Morgan’s board exposes some of the less savory ingredients in USDA approved school lunches.
Can I have Fries with That? Schools Combat Childhood Obesity
“This is the first generation of children who are not expected to outlive their parents.” This board outlines the history and the evolution of school lunches, eating habits of children, and initiatives by schools, parents, celebrities, and the White House to get poor eating under control.
Yoga and Kids
Yoga is being posed as a solution to headaches, mental illness in adolescents and young adults, and a myriad of other issues for children. This board by Deb Weiss-Gelmi shows the many proven benefits of yoga for kids, in mental and physical areas.
Packing a Healthy School Lunch
Nutritionist Emily Dingmann gives tips on how to pack healthy school lunches that children will love.
Cooking with Kids
Getting kids excited about the kitchen is one of the best ways to get them interested in health and nutrition. This board is dedicated to ideas and recipes that will get families in the kitchen preparing healthy foods together.
Amanda Delgado’s board on peanut allergies is important because of the increase in the number of children in the United States suffering from severe allergies to nuts, foods, and other environmental triggers. These allergies, in addition to being life-threatening, can cause families, children, and schools to have to make drastic contingencies, and they often lead to social isolation for children.
National Spinach Lover’s Month
Done well, spinach can be fed to children and adults alike. More and more schools are considering fresh greens and salads. Emily Dingmann’s board gets rid of spinach’s bad image by suggesting healthful cooking methods.
Jake Becker’s board on Superfoods might look like a tough sell for kids, but there are plenty of kid-friendly choices too! Try incorporating some of these healthy foods into the daily routine.
All about Squash
Why feature a board about squash here? Kids hate squash. By introducing them to the various varieties, trying some of these cooking techniques, and getting kids involved in the process of making their meals, they will become champions of healthy vegetables.