The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Academy of Pediatrics have a new campaign using The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle to help families learn about healthy eating habits at home throug We Give Books.
The Eating Healthy. Growing Strong campaign is an important part of the Alliance’s mission to combat childhood obesity. Interestingly, the first time I read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to a group of 3-year-olds, on the page where “Now he wasn’t a little caterpillar anymore. He was a big, fat caterpillar,” the kids asked, “What is “fat”?”
My 6-year-old is really starting to grasp the Healthy Eating concept. After a learning opportunity at an all you-can-eat buffet, I told him to look at people’s plates and to see what colors they were eating. The people who were eating mostly brown and yellow foods (like chicken fingers and french fries) were not as healthy as the people who ate a rainbow of foods.
The illustration really hit home for him and he has been consciously choosing raw vegetables with his meals each day in order to “eat a rainbow.”
This spring, more than 17,500 pediatrician offices across the United States will receive free copies of specially created The Very Hungry Caterpillar books, together with growth charts and parent handouts that encourage doctors and parents to have meaningful conversations about the importance of healthy eating.
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