Sunday, September 4, 2011

FHE Idea- Nutrition

by Christi Jardine (Stake Provident Living Leader)

This is a great time of year to teach your family about nutrition! There are so many fruits and veggies ready to harvest. For Family Home Evening take time to review and teach your family about the importance of eating right by going to:

 There are coloring pages, interactive activities, posters, etc. It is very well done and a great visual representation of healthy eating portions. 

Here is a fun activity to try for FHE:

1- Review the info. on "My Plate".

2- Game:  Play a game with the food in your pantry and refrigerator. Take turns choosing a box, can, bag or fruit, etc. out of your pantry. Have members of your family tell which food group it goes in. Continue playing until family members identify the correct food with the correct food group illustrated on "My Plate". 

3- Activity:  Give each person a paper plate. Use coloring crayons or markers to divide and color the plate into the food groups illustrated on "My Plate". For example: Proteins- purple, Fruits- red, Vegetables- green, Grains- gold, Milk- light blue. Then use magazine pictures, dry pasta, dry beans, etc. to glue on to the paper plate to represent each food group. Make sure to glue the food in the correct food group. (Pasta in the grains/gold section). 
4- Family Outing: Visit a local "Farmers Market" or "Pick Your Own Fruits or Vegetables". Enjoy some of the delicious produce from our area. Take some home to eat. Maybe you could work together to dry, can, or freeze some for the winter. When children help they often will enjoy eating what they picked or picked out! Enjoy!

5- Refreshments: Have some sliced peaches or pears, fruit kabobs, cherry tomatoes, celery with peanut butter, carrots and dip, etc., etc. The possibilities are endless! Just make sure it is nutritious! 

***This Family Home Evening can help your family members complete other things they are working on: 

Primary Children: Faith in God, "Developing Talents," Activity which states:
"Learn about and practice good nutrition, good health, and good grooming, including modest dress."
Young Women:
Personal Progress, Knowlege Value Experience #2,

Young Men: BSA, Cooking Merit Badge