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5 tips for packing healthy lunches

Encourage your kids to embrace healthy foods by keeping these tips in mind

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Teach kids to embrace healthy eating

Nutrition education in classrooms is an important part of turning kids into healthy eaters. And while teachers may do a great job of educating students on healthy food, parents play the key role. Here are ways parents can support teachers and encourage kids to embrace healthy foods.

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Lighten up lunch

Pack a junk-food-free lunch for your kids (if you have teens who make their own lunch, make sure healthy options are front and centre in the fridge). If all the students in a class are eating fresh fruit, vegetables and non-processed foods, a healthy eating environment will flourish.

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Send smart snacks

For birthdays or holiday celebrations, parents often send in treats for the class. Stick to creative, fun, nutritious snacks such as fruit kebabs.

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Share your knowledge

If you have expertise in nutrition or health, you could be a great resource for the teacher and students. Approach your kids’ school to see if you can present a lesson on healthy eating.

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Connect

In Stratford, Ont., where I teach, we’ve linked farmers and chefs with local schools to share their produce knowledge and cooking skills. Talk to your school council about whether this might work at your child’s school.

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Connect

In Stratford, Ont., where I teach, we’ve linked farmers and chefs with local schools to share their produce knowledge and cooking skills. Talk to your school council about whether this might work at your child’s school.

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Volunteer

Most schools have a morning breakfast program, but many are under-staffed. Volunteer to help, or send in healthy food options.

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