Tips for Including Nutrition Education in Summer Meal Programs

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Make Nutrition Education Shine in Summer Programs

Nutrition education is a good fit for summer feeding programs -helping children stay healthy, and keeping them engaged doing something productive. Studies show that children gain more than twice as much weight during the summer than they do during the school year, a likely consequence of too little physical activity and poor nutrition during the break. Those at greatest risk are youth in low-income communities where access to healthy food and safe places to play is limited when school lets out for summer vacation. Fun, healthy activities will also encourage families to come to your site; which will increase your meal participation.