In 2008 I wrote and produced this series of nutrition guides for KC Healthy Kids and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City:
Exploring New Flavors: How to Shape Kids’ Food Preferences at Home and at School explains how teachers, school staff and parents can help kids learn to enjoy healthy “new” foods at home, in the classroom and in the cafeteria. This guide features Kiersten Firquain, who implemented the first Farm to Cafeteria program in Kansas City, plus resources and how-tos for helping students develop new food preferences.
Healthy Alternatives for School Celebrations, Rewards, Fundraisers and Snacks helps parents, school staff, and students put a healthy spin on school celebrations, rewards, fundraisers and snacks. The guide explores low-cost options, good-better-best choices, tips for easy preparation, recipes, and cross-cultural concepts.
Marketing Healthy Choices in the School Cafeteria was created for food service directors and managers who want to increase revenue while serving healthy foods.
The grant also included funding for this colorful place mat (shown front and back), which was created to encourage kids ages 2-5 eat their colors (also known as vitamins!) and get moving.
Special thanks to Liz Nord for designing the guides, and to Brian Grubb for designing and illustrating the place mat!