My husband and I were raised in very unhealthy homes. I grew up having to sit still, usually in front of a TV or sitting on my floor playing quietly. I couldn't participate in ANY sports or anything afterschool, and often was grossly over fed. I was over 150 lbs by middle school and over 200lbs by my sophmore year. My DH was over 450 lbs when he hit adulthood, but has at least gone down to around 400 since we were married 13 years ago. I was diagnosed with diabetes shortly after leaving my parent's home, and I've made many changes. We are both horribly addicted to watching TV and being couch potatoes.
I am admitting all of this stuff to lay a foundation... a background.
My kids are MUCH better than we ever were. We go to the zoo a lot, parks, walking trails, swimming, museums, outdoor events, etc... They eat WAY WAY WAY better than I ever did as a kid. However, there is room for improvement, and I'm noticing that they are slacking more as they are getting older. One of my kids is starting to be a little TOO chunky.
So... FFWD... Yesterday we did our Apologia Anatomy about bones. The kids found out how very important calcium is in the lesson. That seemed to mean something to them. They talked about it all the rest of the day and made choices to eat/drink some things with calcium and to share the information with their dad.
Well, I'm wondering if we highlighted on a food weekly... have the kids make a poster or a notebook page about what that particular food gives us (vitamin and mineral wise) and what those vitamins and minerals do for our bodies.... I wonder if I will see them choose to eat the healthy things more.
Do you have any suggestions for this project? Something they would enjoy? Aside from the obvious, using that food in cooking!!