Additional online resources

August 21, 2008 8:03:39 PM PDT
A list of outside Web sites helping promote a healthy lifestyle and fight childhood obesity.Promotes 5 Servings of Fruits and Vegetables a Day

* www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov and http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/
These websites include simple tips for incorporating more fruits and veggies into one's diet, recipes for healthy snacks, and information on the nutritional benefits of various fruits and vegetables.

* www.mypyramid.gov
The USDA My Pyramid website includes personal calculation and tracking tools for understanding the My Pyramid recommendations, games and worksheets for kids, sample menu plans, posters, and additional resources for professionals.

* www.dole5aday.com
Includes simple lesson plans on 5 servings of fruits and vegetables along with handouts such as 5-a-day the color way and 5-a-day tracker.

Promotes 4 Servings of Water a Day

* thewaterschool.co.uk/main.htm
This website includes kid-friendly activities teaching the importance of clean water.

* www.beverageinstitute.org/healthcare_professionals/pdf/Hydration_and_You.pdf
The Beverage Institute website includes tips for staying hydrated and information on how water helps the body, the importance of hydration in children and tools for analyzing beverage consumption.

Promotes 3 Servings of Low-Fat Dairy a Day

* www.3aday.org
Includes tasty snack ideas, information on the benefits of dairy, tips for incorporating dairy into your diet, and dairy handouts and posters for kids.

* www.nichd.nih.gov/milk/
The National Institute of Health's Milk Matters Campaign with frequently asked questions and free booklets to order for distribution.

Promotes 2 or Less Hours of Screen Time a Day

* www.turnofftv.org
The website for the Center for Screen Time Awareness includes statistics on TV and packets to organize communities around TV-turn-off week.

* www.commonsensemedia.org/parent_tips/
Tips for parents to monitor kids' media time and calculate children's total screen time with the My Media Diet tracker.

Promotes 1 or More Hours of Physical Activity a Day

* www.VERBnow.com
Get moving from A-Z guide, activities and games for ages 8-12, student activity guide and forms to track progress.

* www.wilderdom.com/games/
An extensive website that lists interactive activities for just about any purpose including self-awareness, physical activity, team-building, ice-breakers, and multicultural awareness.


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