The 1% Or Less School Kit
A new kit from CSPI addresses the number one source of saturated fat in childrens diets
Reducing the total-fat and saturated-fat intake of children is a national health priority. Although whole and 2% milk are leading sources of total and saturated fat in childrens diets, two out of three children who drink milk with school lunch choose whole or 2% milk. Promoting 1% and fat-free milk in schools is an important strategy for reducing childrens saturated-fat intake and promoting their health.
|This new education kit from CSPI can help school food service personnel, teachers, and health educators motivate school children and their families to choose 1% or fat-free milk. The 1% Or Less School Kit describes how to plan and implement a school-based nutrition education campaign using materials such as fact sheets, classroom activity sheets, peer education groups, and visual displays about the amount of fat in milk.
Heart disease may not show up until adulthood, but the beginnings of clogged arteries, an early sign of heart disease, are seen in children as young as 10 years old!
Healthy eating patterns in childhood and adolescence promote optimal child health and help prevent immediate health problems, such as obesity, and long-term health problems, such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
Conducting a 1% Or Less campaign in your school not only promotes students health but also is a lot of fun. It is inspiring to see students become involved in promoting the health of their families and friends, and gratifying to see your efforts result in measurable improvements in eating habits.
The 1% Or Less School Kit describes how to plan and implement a school-based, nutrition-education campaign. It includes a variety of materials to choose from to help you plan a program that meets the needs of your students.
The first step is to make sure school cafeterias serve 1% or less. If 2% milk is the only lower-fat, unflavored milk served, encourage your school to offer 1% milk in its place.
The 1% Or Less School Kit contains materials for both primary and secondary school students, including: