National Nutrition Month starts tomorrow! It’s an exciting month for dietitians to promote healthy eating! Earlier this year the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans came out. It was updated to include added sugars, suggesting people to limit their intake to less than 10% of their daily calorie intake. You can see the changes in this graphic from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Communicating this message to kids is very important if not our duty. According to the CDC, obesity affects 1 in 6 children and adolescents in the United States. Many of the empty calories consumed come from added sugars. As clinicians, sometimes it’s hard to think outside the box to communicate nutrition messages on a child’s level. Sugar Wars makes learning fun and will give adults an opportunity to have some fun!
This new kit is teaches kids to “resist the dark side of added sugars“. It can be used for homeschool, lower elementary, and upper elementary.
This kit contains:
Sugar Wars Signage, food labels, and sugar vocabulary.
- Identifying sugars on a food label and converting it from grams to teaspoons. (suggested for upper elementary/involves division)
- Estimation of sugars in beverages worksheet (This is a great tool for kids to work in groups.)
- Graphing teaspoons of sugar in beverages
- Matching game (for use in lower elementary – having them work in groups)
You will need to purchase:
If you want to step up your game, dress up like a Star Wars character and use a light saber to teach the class. I also had a child dress up like “Darth Sugar” and we talked about the negative effects too much sugar can have on our bodies and long term health.
May the Force be with you!
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