Parents

 
 
Parents and caregivers make sure children are healthy and safe, equip them with the skills and resources to succeed as adults, and transmit basic cultural values to them.  Refer to the resources below to help your child live a healthier life:

 

 

Programs


 
Free Curriculum Promotes Health, Media Literacy Among Youth
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services / National Institutes of Health
Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active! ® Media-Smart Youth is an interactive program that helps youth ages 11 to 13 better understand the media and how it can influence their health. Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, the free curriculum includes 10 lessons that combine media literacy and youth development principles with federal nutrition and physical activity recommendations.

• Visit the Media-Smart Youth website

• Watch the video “What is Media-Smart Youth?

• Order free program materials

• Sign up for Media-Smart Youth e-updates

 

GeoMotion TV
GeoMotion TV is part of GeoMotion Group, Inc., which is an established company that seeks to enhance the lives of children. We encourage learning, physical activity, and the promotion of health benefits through educational mats, curriculum, and our web-based library, GeoMotion TV.
 
Multimedia App
Go Smart
The National Head Start Association (NHSA), in partnership with Nike
Bringing movement back into the daily lives of young children. Designed to address the epidemic of physical inactivity, the Go Smart app is a “coach in your pocket” that showcases fun physical activities for children up to age five. Parents, teachers and caregivers can find developmentally appropriate physical activities anytime, anywhere, on any device. Watch video tips, share activities, get updates, track favorites and build “activity boards” to curate games for future play.
 
Kids Powers Programs 
Created by a non-profit organization to educate kids though entertainment. This empowers them to develop the knowledge, and skills they need to live a healthy life.  Take your child to an upcomming Kid Power Program for an unforgettable and educational show about health and wellness.
 
Smart Snacks & Child Nutrition
National PTA
All schools enrolled in the National School Lunch Program must comply with the nutrition guidelines for what is considered “competitive foods”—more commonly referred to as “Smart Snacks”. Although these guidelines are federally mandated, state and local jurisdictions may adopt policies that have stronger nutritional guidelines for foods served during the school day and at school events. This implementation guide applies only to the Smart Snacks federal guidelines, so it is important that you check with state and local guidelines for additional requirements around food sales in school. We also recognize that fundraising is necessary for many PTAs as a means to provide resources and programming. This guide should serve to help your PTA be a successful partner in the transition to Smart Snacks, including alternatives when fundraising is necessary.
 
 
 

Local Weight Management Clinics for Children


 
Healthy 100 Kids
Florida Hospital for Children has developed Healthy 100 Kids, a comprehensive pediatric wellness initiative with the goal of giving kids the best chance of living to a healthy 100. It approaches each aspect of physical and mental wellbeing, not only for children and teens, but also for the family unit when household support is needed to affect change.
 
Nemours Children's Health System
Children who are overweight may have medical, behavioral, and genetic factors that contribute to weight gain. Our Weight Management specialists provide evaluation and treatment of children who are at an unhealthy weight. And we know your child’s healthy weight is more than a number on a scale; it’s about managing a medical condition, finding ways to deal with emotional issues, and learning healthy approaches to food, eating, and exercise that will last a lifetime.
 
 
 

Tips and Toolkits


 
Tips and Links
5 Things to Know About Feeding Your Children
By Melissa Halas-Liang at Super Kids Nutrition
In order to raise healthy eaters, it is important to not only model healthy habits, but also teach healthy eating skills. Everyone needs a refresher course now and then. See which tip could benefit your family and get started this week! Be sure to write your goal down and put it up on the fridge, so it doesn’t become a disappearing thought or intention.
 
Healthy Weight - it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle!
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
And as parents or other concerned adults, you may also ask: What steps can we take to help prevent obesity in our children? This page provides answers to some of the questions you may have and provides you with resources to help you keep your family healthy.
 
Tax Breaks
Lactation Expenses as Medical Expenses
Nursing moms are getting a new tax break from the IRS for breast pumps and other supplies.  Mothers are now able to count the cost of breast pumps and other supplies as a medical deduction.
 
Infographic
My Plate Planner - A Healthy Meal Tastes Great
Ohio Action for Healthy Kids
The plate method is a simple way to learn healthy portion sizes. This infographic gives a visual representation of proper proportions and provides examples of which foods should be consumed over others.
 
Health Tip
Teach Your Child to Read Food Labels
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Teaching a child to make healthy food choices empowers the child to lead a healthier lifestyle when he or she is grown.
 
 
 

Cookbooks


 
Festive Flavors - 12 Fresh Tales on Holiday Favorites
Produce for Kids
This cookbook helps families eat healthier by providing family-tested, registered dietitian-approved recipes, expert advice, and tips from parents. Enjoy classic holiday dishes while staying healthy with these 12 fresh takes on holiday favorites.