Teaching healthy habits to young children: A joint effort

Children learn healthy habits early and they pick them up by seeing adults in their lives model healthy behavior and by being encouraged to do it themselves. So who are they picking these habits up from? Those they spend the most time with — you, their teacher, and their families at home.

That is why giving families the knowledge they need for a healthy home life is an important way to ensure the healthiest start for the children in your care. It is also a great way to get involved with the families in your community.

Here are few ideas of activities and small events to offer to the families you work with in honor of Family Wellness Month and National Physical Fitness and Sports month.

Nutrition Education

Have you considered hosting a potluck where every family brings their favorite healthy dish and you share information on nutrition for young children? Or perhaps have families come together to prepare a meal. Below are a few recipe ideas that you can use for this or simply share with families to enjoy at home:

zucchini oatmeal cookies

Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies

Fruit Burritos 

Zucchini-Tomato Casserole 

Hawaiian Pops


We share lots of other healthy recipes on our blog so be sure to search the Redleaf Kitchen category for more ideas!

Not sure what to teach about nutrition? Here are a few resource that might help

Rethinking Nutrition

5 minute Nutrition Activities for Preschoolers

American Academy of Pediatrics healthychildren.org

USDA choosemyplate.gov

Physical Fitness Education

Do you have a gym or large outdoor space? Perhaps you can host active family nights where you invite families to come enjoy activities one night a month. This would get the families active and give them an opportunity to build relationships with staff and other families.

Some of our favorites for getting families moving:


Simon Says

Check out two more activities with 3 fun ways to get moving with children

Other resources for ideas and information on getting physically active:

Move Bingo for Kids

The Moving and Learning series

American Academy of Pediatrics healthychildren.org

USDA Encouraging Active Play 

There are so many fun ways to help children and families get active and healthy. What will you be doing? We would love to hear your ideas!


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