From 2008 to 2011, Missouri showed one of the largest declines in the nation in childhood obesity rates according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (source).
According to the Missouri Foundation for Health, however, Missouri is still one of the heaviest states in the nation with more than 31% of our 10-17 year olds and more than 30% of our adult population qualifying as overweight or obese (source).
If you’re a parent or a teacher in Missouri who wants to teach your kids about healthy eating and active living, Nourish Interactive has some fun resources available to you absolutely free.
Dozens of nutrition, meal planning, and active living printables are available for download from the Nourish Interactive website. Some of the printables are in color, some are in black-and-white, but all are fun, free ways to teach your children (or your students) about healthy food choices.
Choose from learning sheets, nutrition-fitness worksheets, writing activities, healthy coloring sheets, and nutrition sheets for ages 0-13, or search by grade level, pre-k through 5.
These free printables can help kids learn about the food groups, vitamins, minerals and nutrition vocabulary. And for parents who want to take nutrition education one step further, there are printables about kids’ gardening, kids’ cooking, healthy goal-setting, and fitness tracking. And as an added bonus, each printable is downloadable in English and in Spanish.
Here are a few of our favorite printables from Nourish Interactive:
Chef Solus Color My Plate Drawing Page
Fitness and Nutrition Alphabet Words Using Letter A
(there’s one of these for every letter in the alphabet!)
Compare Food Labels Worksheet
Five Food Groups Tracking Sheet - Color the Stars
Childrens’ Lunchbox Notes - General Nutrition
If childhood nutrition interests you, check out these past posts from the Missouri Parent Blog:
Creating a Healthier Home in the New Year
9 Missouri Schools Earn Extra Credit for Healthy Choices
Making Sure Missouri’s Kids Eat Breakfast
The Summer Food Service Program: Preventing Summertime Hunger