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    Teaching Your Students about the Food Pyramid

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Students are getting ready for summer, which means that now is the perfect time to give them the tools they need to make healthy choices during their time away from school! Children can learn how to maintain a well-balanced diet by learning more about the major food groups and why they are important. The Food Pyramid, along with its modern adaptations, provides the perfect teacher resource for helping students learn about healthy eating:

    • The Food Pyramid was officially introduced in the early 1990s. This easy-to-read diagram helped both adults and children get a better understanding of the breakdown of the major food groups. By looking to the Food Pyramid, families could also determine how much of each food group they should be eating each day. But over time, new research and information found that the foods and food groups shown by the classic Food Pyramid did not give the most accurate description of a well-balanced diet.
    • MyPyramid replaced the Food Pyramid in 2005. This system used the same pyramid shape, but used vertical lines or sections to represent each food group. Grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, and meat and beans were the five groups included in MyPyramid. The size of each group’s section in the pyramid was meant to represent how much of each group should be eaten each day.
    • In 2011, MyPlate became the new diagram for health and fitness, replacing the slightly confusing MyPyramid. Both parents and children can have an easier time understanding MyPlate because it organizes the food groups in a diagram on a plate. You can find posters featuring the MyPlate logo and show students what each meal should include. Half of each plate should consist of fruits and vegetables. The other half should consist of grains and protein, with slightly more whole grains than protein sources. Children should also try to have one glass of milk or another dairy product with each meal.

    You can use this information, as well as the teacher resources available from MyPlate’s official website, to give your students the tools they need to stay healthy! Contact the team here at Florida Citrus today at (813) 379-2736 to learn more.

    Visit These Websites For More Great Teacher Tips

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Do you want to learn more about the teaching suggestions discussed in our recent blog posts? You can find more information about these topics on the following websites.

    • Take a look at this page from USA.SafeKids.org for more information about how you can participate in National Safe Kids Week.
    • Find more fun activities and lesson plans to encourage children’s safety on this page from Crayola.com.
    • Learn more about how to participate in National Safe Kids Week on this page from MedicineNet.com.
    • Head over to this page from the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network to learn more about Food Allergy Awareness Week.
    • You can learn about food allergy trends in children on this page from KidsWithFoodAllergies.org.

    Contact the team here at Florida Citrus today at (813) 379-2736 to learn even more!

    Let Your Students Join "Chef Solus' Cooking Academy" and Learn About Healthy Cooking and Eating in Your Classroom

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Games are much more than just fun activities for children; they are also learning opportunities and can help children gain a better understanding of important concepts! If you are teaching your students about making healthy choices when it comes to eating, you can use the Chef Solus’ Cooking Academy game to help them.

    This fun and exciting game lets students assist Chef Solus as he makes his famous Solus Pancakes. Students must read the recipe and mix in the right amount of each ingredient. More points can be earned if students use healthier ingredients to make the pancakes.

    If you are looking for even more teacher resources to use in the classroom, you can find them here at Florida Citrus. Call us at (813) 379-2736 to learn more.

    Food Allergy Awareness Week

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Research shows that more than 12 million people in America suffer from some form of food allergy. Out of these 12 million, more than three million are children. Young children are recognized for being most at risk for developing a food allergy. Educating students about the importance of staying safe and knowing about food allergies is a great way to prevent harmful side effects. Food Allergy Awareness Week is the perfect time to do just that:

    • The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network officially started the Food Allergy Awareness Week in 1998. The goal of this week-long event was to give students the knowledge and training they need to know about food allergies and know how to act in a potentially life-threatening situation such as a severe allergic attack. This year, Food Allergy Awareness Week aims to achieve the same goals during the week of May 13th.
    • Children of all ages can benefit from learning about food allergies, symptoms, and solutions. Food allergies have become much more common in children over the past decade. Children who suffer from food allergies may also have a higher risk for developing conditions such as asthma. But you can help your students learn how to take control of allergies! The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network has a variety of great teacher resources, including elementary school lesson plans, on their website for Food Allergy Awareness Week. Visit the website to find and print out posters, brochures, awards, and more.
    • Have you ever suffered from food allergies? Telling your students a personal story can be a great way to get your point across during any type of lesson. During Food Allergy Awareness Week, ask fellow teachers if they have any personal stories dealing with food allergies that they can share with students. This will provide a real-world example for students, making it easier for them to relate, understand, and act when the need arises.

    You can get more teacher resources from the friendly team here at Florida Citrus. Give us a call today at (813) 379-2736 to learn more!

    Teaching Safe Kids Week in Your Classroom

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Health and wellness should be important topics in all classrooms. As a teacher, it is important to help your students discover the tools and knowledge they need to stay safe and grow into happy and healthy young adults. National Safe Kids Week provides the perfect opportunity to present children with various safety lessons. Here is a closer look at how you can teach Safe Kids Week in your classroom:

    • Lesson Plans. Participating in Safe Kids Week can be easy with a little preparation and the right tools. If you visit the official website for National Safe Kids Week, you will find a variety of fantastic teacher resources that can be used in the classroom to help students learn important messages that they can use throughout life! This year’s lesson plans cover a number of important topics. You can use the pedestrian safety lesson plan to teach kids how to be smart and safe pedestrians. Students between the ages of three and five can benefit from the “Escaping a Home Fire” lesson plan. The website also has presentations you can use during class time.
    • Activities. Providing children with hands-on activities is a great way to appeal to a wider range of learning styles. Games offer a fun and exciting learning experience and can make it easier for children to remember the lessons. The Safe Kids Week website is filled with a number of great activity ideas and tools. These activities include books, coloring pages, sequence games, and much more. You can find more fun activities from other teacher resources or use safety-inspired lesson plans to create classroom-friendly activities of your own!
    • Posters. Hanging eye-catching and informational posters in the classroom is yet another great idea when participating in National Safe Kids Week. Children will be exposed to these posters on a daily basis, making it easy for them to absorb the information on display. You can find a variety of great posters on the Safe Kids Week website.

    You can learn more by contacting the team here at Florida Citrus. Visit us online or call us at (813) 379-2736.

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