Health and Nutrition for Kids – Games

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Karen Schachter, a licensed clinical social worker and a certified health and nutrition counselor, demonstrates a variety of games to teach children about new or unfamiliar healthy foods. Have fun while teaching your kids how to pick the right snacks!

    Karen Schachter

    Karen Schachter is a food and eating expert helping families who want to eat better, feel better, and develop positive relationships to food and their bodies. She loves helping parents who are interested in improving their children’s eating habits without driving themselves – or their children – crazy. Karen received her Masters in clinical social work from Smith College School for Social Work in 1994 and her nutrition training from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2006. She received additional training at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute and has practiced psychotherapy with children and adults for over 13 years. She brings her psychotherapy experience, her nutritional training, and her experience as a mother of two young children to her innovative work. Her ability to help clients understand their own eating – and how they feed their children - from a nutritional and psychological mindset allows them to make real, long-term shifts in their eating. As a result, they often experience an improvement in their mood, their energy, and their weight, as well as decreased cravings, a resolution of the diet-binge cycle, improved self-esteem and lowered anxiety and stress levels. Parents report that children are eating better, resulting in improved behavior, mood and attention as well. Best of all, although many people come in initially to change their eating, most leave feeling that their life has improved in many other ways as well.

    Hi, I am Karen Schachter, in this segment I am going to show you how to use games to introduce children to healthy eating. Its a great way to teach children about new or unfamiliar foods. I am going to show you two different games; chopsticks and bingo, but you can use any games you want. The point is just to make it fun. The first game is chopsticks. Children get to choose a set of chopsticks, and I get these fun animal chopsticks at any toy store. The adults are going to use regular chopsticks. Its going to be kids against adults. The point is to pick up as many of these little sponges, and all I did was cut up several sponges. So, the point is to pick up as many of these as possible, and for the kids to beat the adults. The second game is bingo. All I did for this was take some paper and use fruit and vegetable stickers to make bingo cards. I cut up little pieces of paper and put the same stickers on these little pieces of paper. We play bingo just the way you would normally play bingo. I call out the cards and the kids, if they have the fruit or vegetable, put one of these little sponges on that fruit or vegetable.