Adolescence is a time of emotional and physical change and growth. It's also the time when young people begin to make health choices for themselves.
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Youth Development Insight
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Will you try an unidentified "healthy" food item because someone tells you it's good for you? Most likely not. The same is true for young people. But if you involve youth in preparing a menu item using some not-so-familiar "healthy" food ingredients, they'll probably taste it. They may even learn to like it!Engaging youth in cooking can get them interested in trying healthy foods they might otherwise disdain, according to Susan Moores, MS, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. Read more about cook-offs and healthy eating.
More and more parents, health care providers, and educators, in both formal and informal settings, are recognizing the value of connecting children to nature. It's good for their physical and mental health and academic success. It's also good for the planet - children with meaningful, frequent nature-based experiences develop attachments to nature that;lead to a desire to take care of the environment. The question is: How can we best provide these nature-based experiences? The answer depends on the age of the child and the benefits you desire.Read more about connecting children to nature.
Reports & journal articles
This poster presents the results of a research study on a southwest Minnesota mentoring program designed to address obesity. 2014.