The Food and Fitness Fest is an event that uses fun games to teach kids about healthy eating.
This event is typically one to two hours long and finishes with a delicious healthy snack for all to enjoy. It can accommodate a range of participants—one class, the entire school, the whole community. If you have already used the Nutrition Activities with your students, they will be excited to teach them to their parents.
Great events start weeks in advance with thorough planning and forethought. Use the following resources to prepare:
Pick a location that is safe, accessible, and large enough for participants to move around.
If you have a lot of participants, split them into two or more groups.
We suggest you play two to four of the Nutrition Activity games and that you include time for the discussion points around each activity so everyone understands the importance of healthy eating.
Here are five ideas to get you started, but feel free to check out the full set of activities and choose your favorites:
Conclude the overall event with a healthy snack. Make sure to have water on hand as well.
Thank all your participants and helpers. Remind them to have fun exploring healthy eating options, trying new foods, and eating a variety of colors.
Have participants help make the snacks. Do this either after the games are finished, or groups can rotate through game stations and snack prep stations. Preparing the food themselves makes kids and other participants more excited to eat it. Make sure you have adequate supervision for young kids and all the necessary ingredients and prep tools (such as cutting boards, knives, a sink for washing up, etc.)
A complete list of Food & Fitness Fest planning documents and resources:
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