National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day is observed annually on September 13th. Kids and teens across the United States take over their kitchens on this day using their favorite recipes! The objective of this day is to empower children to become more actively involved in the planning, preparation, and cooking of their meals. The thought is that this process fosters family bonds and can help bring to light serious health and social issues related to youth’s eating habits and nutrition.
Studies show that dietary habits acquired in childhood last into adulthood, so it is important to instill healthy eating habits at a young age. Getting children involved in their nutritional decision making process early can foster the correct nutritional background for a healthy adulthood. Some good practices can be following the USDA guidelines for Choosing My Plate:
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
- Focus on whole fruits
- Vary your vegetables
- Make half your grains whole grains
- Move to low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt
- Vary your protein routine.
You can find these and other guidelines at ChooseMyPlate.gov.