Childhood obesity is an increasing epidemic in the United States today, and sometimes this problem occurs because the child has not learned healthy eating habits. This is not necessarily the fault of the parents, as income plays a large role in the resources (including food) that are available to a family. Nevertheless, it is vital that children be taught to make healthy decisions when they are presented with a variety of foods, as is the case at school. Here, you'll find resources that will help you in many aspects of your classroom teaching. We have free printable worksheets on topics ranging from math to nutrition, so check out all that we have available for your particular subject or age group. To be alerted to new printables as they're put on the site, sign up for our newsletter or bookmark the site to check back.
The Importance of Good Eating Habits
Why is it so important to begin healthy eating habits at an early age? Well, there are many reasons. For one thing, the earlier healthy eating habits are learned, the better. This will minimize the damage that can be done by frequently eating foods that are bad for you. Learning early also ensures that the information becomes ingrained, giving the child better odds of retaining and utilizing the information as he or she gets older. Learning about nutrition and other class subjects doesn't have to be boring. At FreePrintableOnline, our free printable preschool worksheets are designed colorfully and beautifully to ensure a positive learning experience. Teachers and parents alike can download as many as needed to ensure the student gets plenty of practice no matter what the subject is.
Nutritional Worksheets for Preschoolers
Using our healthy foods worksheet, you can begin teaching your students to identify the healthy foods from the not so healthy foods using common things that the child probably eats. The following foods are featured on this worksheet: strawberries, bananas, hotdogs, peppers, burgers, carrots, broccoli, apples, pretzels, sausage, ice cream, corn, salad, pizza and lime. Although there may be some ambiguity on certain foods like corn if the child's parents eat a low carb diet, children should be encouraged to choose vegetables (even starchy ones) over foods like pizza and burgers. The directions are simple: circle the foods that keep you healthy. To make this a more comprehensive lesson, after the worksheet is complete, you could talk to your students about the healthy nutrients in each of the healthy foods and discuss what makes the unhealthy foods bad choices. Don't get too technical with preschool students or kindergartners, but older students can understand and appreciate concepts like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and more. They also need to know about things like saturated fats, cholesterol and calories. Although this sheet is listed under the preschool section, students of all ages can benefit from this information!