What is “Every Kid Healthy Week” and How Can You Observe It?
It’s no secret that we here at Baked Smart Cookie are all about children’s health--I mean, we literally created a healthy cookie for kids that won’t eat their vegetables. But thankfully, we aren’t the only ones in this industry with the same goals in mind.
Action for Healthy Kids is a nonprofit organization that helps schools and parents by providing them resources and tools needed to create and learn sustainable healthy habits. Around 2013, they helped found “Every Kid Healthy Week,” a week recognized by National Health Observances celebrating the efforts of schools and parents in encouraging their children to get--and stay--healthy.
We recognize and celebrate “Every Kid Healthy Week” because we understand the importance of healthy habits and positive choices, but we also believe in enjoying the little things in life, and that’s why we brought together delicious fruits, vegetables, and chocolate chip cookies. Let’s review a few ways that you can properly observe this week.
So How Can We Observe This Health-Oriented Week?
There are a couple of things you can do as a family to observe this week. The nonprofit organization that created this particular awareness week has a lot of ideas you can do per day, but for the most part, this week should focus on educating your little one on how to be healthy.
1. Kids? Put Down the Phone. It’s Time to Talk (About Their Health)
Talk to them about various topics such as the benefits of carrots or why exercise is good for the heart. Whatever the topic, you are sure to start interesting conversations about what they feel is healthy and what actually is healthy, and, you know, foster open communication and all that stuff.
Open communication, especially about their health, is an important stepping stone in your child’s developmental years because it will create openness, understanding, trust, and awareness in physical and mental health. It also sets the expectation that healthy food isn’t a punishment but something that they need to stay strong!
Your family is a team and should support healthy habits that will positively affect your--and your child’s--well-being and development. Most importantly, they can incorporate these positive habits in the various interpersonal relationships they will have in the future.
2. Parents? Learn More About Your Child and What They Like
Look, raising children is no piece of cake. It comes with ups, downs, twists, and turns (no doubt) but it is not impossible. Sure, we only want what’s best for our children, so we shower them with love and protect them, but despite most parents’ positive intentions, they can become blind to their child’s needs, especially when it comes to nutrition.
Maybe your kid isn’t too fond of broccoli, and that is okay! Maybe certain flavors in combination would help encourage them to eat more broccoli. Discovering what flavors they like and incorporating it into their vegetables is a good way to ensure that they are getting the proper nutrients they need.
One easy way to do this would be to have them take a taste test. Prepare your veggies with specific flavors you know your child loves--the internet also has tons of recipes that can help you do this. Eventually, your child should become more familiar with the flavor and textures of veggies and eat more with less added stuff.
If only someone came along and incorporated 4 different fruits and 4 different veggies into a vegan-friendly, chocolatey cookie. Kids love to eat cookies. *wink* *wink*
3. Realize That It’s More Than Healthy Living; It’s Building a Future of Success and Positivity
Teaching your child healthy habits can aid in the creation of a positive future for them. From a nutritional perspective, providing them with foods that will positively impact their growth through the years can ensure that they grow up to be strong and healthy adults.
Don’t forget to tell them to burn those calories during recess! Encouraging them to take care of their body through physical activity at a young age can give them that foundation of discipline they need to continue building up on their fitness level as they grow.
Eating Healthy Can Be a Fun Learning Experience, Especially With Baked Smart Cookie. Share That With Your Kids!
With the celebration of “Every Kid Healthy Week”, we at Baked Smart Cookie are happy to be able to provide your family with non-GMO and vegan cookies that will definitely land you a win with kids who won’t eat vegetables.
In our healthy cookies, we have 8 organic superfoods which include carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, kale, apples, bananas, pineapples and strawberries. With this unique combination and that chocolatey goodness, there are no worries for those who have kids who won’t eat vegetables.
With each unique superfood, comes various benefits for your children’s health. To learn more about what each superfood can offer you, feel free to read our other blogs such as “Kale Just Got More Exciting” or “Can Bananas Help Children During Naptime?”