Parents can struggle to find ways to coax their kids into eating more fruits and vegetables. BriarPatch Co-op is hoping to help parents attain that healthy goal with the Co+op Explorers Fruits and Veggies Passport summer program.
According to a 2014 article by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 60 percent of U.S. children didn’t eat enough fruit to attain daily recommendations, and 93 percent didn’t eat enough daily vegetables.
The CDC says that not only is it a national health priority for children to eat lots of fruits and vegetables because are they nutritious, but also because the habits of eating created in childhood tend to be lifelong.
The Co+op Explorers Fruits and Veggies Passports are colorful and engaging, packed with activity pages for 25 common fruits and vegetables. Intended for kids ages five through ten, children can fill in the pages of the produce they try, rate it, and even draw their own pictures.
To help keep kids motivated, prizes will be awarded at BriarPatch through June and July. The “Let’s get started” prize is attained at pick up. When a child gets his or her passport booklet, she or he will also receive a Co+op Explorers membership card. The next prize comes when five fruits or vegetables have been eaten. Children earn a sticker and a temporary tattoo. The “Dozen Done Prize” is a coupon for a free 8-ounce organic smoothie. Finally, there’s the “Top Twenty Prize.” After trying 20 or more items, children earn a ticket to the 2015 Nevada County Fair (held August 12-16). (Prizes may be claimed at BriarPatch’s Customer Service Window, and BriarPatch reserves the right to substitute different prizes, if necessary.)
Eating fruits and vegetables doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be a fun way to while away the summer days, filling up a passport full of tasty produce just waiting to be explored.
Find the Co+op Explorers Summer Fruits and Veggies Passports at BriarPatch Co-op’s customer service window and at the Del Oro Theater, available during the Summer Film Series.