Being stuck at home can be boring – especially to families with young kids. That’s why Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas’s kids teaching kids program started Fun Food Fridays on Mar. 27 to provide families with easy, interactive activities they can do together to make snack time fun, healthy and educational.
“With schools closed right now, kids at home and many parents working from home, it can be tempting to reach for empty-calorie snacks,” said Medical City Healthcare Community Director Ryan Eason, who leads the kids teaching kids program, in a recent press release. “So, we developed some free resources to help families create fun, interactive activities that also teach kids to choose and prepare healthy foods.”
Every Friday, registered dieticians from the kids teaching kids program will provide tips and recipes to help kids build their own delicious, nutritious snacks. You can watch these posts each week on Medical City Children’s Hospital Facebook page.
Additionally, families can also use the kids teaching kids Healthy Snack Finder online to search more than 500 kid-friendly recipes featuring fruits and vegetables – or whatever happens to be available at home. For example, if there’s a cucumber in your fridge, a search for “cucumber” will show snack recipes using that particular ingredient.
Studies show that consuming adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables may be associated with a decreased risk of obesity and obesity-related diseases. Fruits and vegetables are also an abundant source of vitamins and minerals needed to support a healthy immune system.
The kids teaching kids program offers children and their parents the knowledge and resources to change their eating habits for the better. Medical City Children’s Hospital recognized the need to educate children and their parents about healthy eating habits, beginning with eating more fruits and vegetables at snack time.
Medical City Children’s Hospital is a 220-bed comprehensive, award-winning pediatric health care facility in Dallas, established in 1996. World-class pediatric specialties include congenital heart surgery, hematology and oncology, craniofacial surgery, kidney transplant, neurosurgery, orthopedics and fetal surgery. It also offers a Level IV NICU, the highest level of neonatal care available in Dallas, and was recognized as a top 10 Best Hospital in Texas by U.S. News and World Report in 2019.