The Million Dollar Question: How Do We Get Kids to Eat Healthy When They Don't Want To?
February 11, 2015
This week's blog post was written by Pack to Plate Curriculum Development Captain, James McGee
People eat what psychologically makes them feel good, and that is just nature. Unhealthy foods are high in fats, sugars, and factory-created ingredients that are more enticing and satisfactory to the human mind than your average fruit and vegetable. Just ask any kid what their favorite food is, and you’ll probably get answers like pizza, ice cream, or chocolate. Who could blame them though? In fact, if you ask the average adult on the street what their favorite food is, you would probably get similar answers. So the million dollar question is...how do we get kids to eat healthy when they do not want to? Before you think you’ve got the answer and deserve a million dollars, I want you to think back to when you were young. Did you dislike eating your vegetables? Did your parents try to influence your eating habits by promising you dessert if you ate healthy foods that you did not enjoy? I am sure that went over really well every single time. Instead of telling people to eat healthy, they need to learn how to eat healthy. This is part of Pack to Plate’s mission: to increase food literacy in the Athens community.
However, once again, this is a difficult task. What is the point of teaching people to eat healthy if they do not comprehend (or care about) why they need to eat healthy? This is something that Pack to Plate intends to overcome with our food literacy curriculum. Our goal is to teach the Athens community (specifically children) HOW to eat healthy, and we believe that this can be achieved by motivating the community to WANT to eat healthy. That, in my opinion, is the answer to the million dollar question. Motivating the people to want to eat healthy is the key.
So how can this be achieved? Pack to Plate’s plan is to implement a food literacy curriculum that emphasizes discovery and fun. When people discover the importance of eating healthy as opposed to being lectured on the importance of eating healthy, they will effectively retain and use the knowledge they have gained. Our lessons will take a hands-on approach by engaging children in high energy, game based activities, as well as cooking sessions and blind taste tests.
If people can have fun while learning, they will be more likely to walk away with valuable lessons learned. We hope we can change people’s thoughts so that they will want to eat healthy, and we hope that this will lead the Athens engaging in a healthier lifestyle.
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