Sesame Street Teaches Families Healthy Eating Habits

Teach your kids about healthy eating with Elmo and his Super Food friends Broccoli, Banana, Low-Fat Cheese, and Whole-Grain Roll!

As part of Sesame Street’s “Healthy Habits for Life” initiative funded by United Healthcare and the Merck Company Foundation, Sesame Street has created 400,000 educational kits for parents and children titled, “Food for Thought: Eating Well on a Budget.” The kits include an educational video that teaches young kids about healthy snacking (eat a rainbow of colors), the importance of eating meals as a family, and shows parents how to stretch a dollar.

In the United States, 17 million people or 10 million under the age of 6 are impacted with food insecurity, not having regular access to nutritional food because of economic constraints, said Jeanette Betancourt, vice president of content design for the education, research and outreach department of Sesame Workshop. Children who don’t receive adequate nutrition at home face a myriad of problems including trouble concentrating at school, stomach aches, headaches and, in some cases, obesity. “Food for Thought: Eating Well on a Budget” urges parents to use resources such as food stamps or Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to gain access to nutritious foods.

The bi-lingual kits can be downloaded for free at sesamestreet.org/food, on iTunes “Learn Along with Sesame” or picked up at Feeding American, National WIC Association, and Meals on Wheels.

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