3.14.2011

Healthy Caterpillar

Most of us have enjoyed and loved the best selling book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. In the adorable story the caterpillar eats many types of foods on his path to becoming a butterfly. When the caterpillar goes overboard filling his tummy with junk food he gets a tummy ache and when he eats leafy greens he feels much better. It does a wonderful job of showing how healthy important healthy eating habits are - so it's really fitting that the Alliance for Healthier Eating and American Academy of Pediatrics have joined forces with this book to help families learn about healthy eating habits.

This spring more than 17,500 pediatrician offices across the country will be receiving free copies of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The book will come packaged with helpful things like growth charts and parent hand outs so that pediatricians and parents are encouraged to talk about healthy eating. You can get download your own printable reading guide filled with helpful tips for using the book as a fun way to teach the value of eating healthy. You can also download a super cute The Very Hungry Caterpillar printable growth chart. Check out the video telling more about this amazing story straight from author Eric Carle's mouth!



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    24 comments:

    Christy said...

    My husband is a therapist...and he loves using books to teach children. Kids need to learn healthy eating habits...so why not read to them and let them learn through the experiences of characters in a book!

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    Living Hip Today said...

    I remember babysitting my 8 year old niece over the summer and being SHOCKED that she really seemed to believe that her fruit-flavored jelly candy was "healthy" because it had fruit juice in it.. !?!? If this is how kids today really think about food, it's time to start talking!
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    Katrina said...

    I am a librarian so I think that reading is super important but so is healthy eating. If you start a child off right when they are young then they will have lifelong eating habits that will work well. What a fun book too!
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    alissa4illustration said...

    I think it's important to talk about not healthy foods and healthy foods both. Not healthy food are not good for your teeth and tummies. Healthy foods build them up good and strong. My oldest knows about the food pyramid.

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    Tj and Amy said...

    my daughter was super picky as a baby and still is. I think it is great for them to know because it does make a huge difference in their lives and future and she loves to read. amypugmire@live.com

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    PitaGirl said...

    I think it's important to talk to kids about healthy because they need to understand how it will affect them when they become adults. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Keyomi said...

    its always imp. to teach kids the benefits of healthy eating and set a good example too. Books always help, coz they can look at it and read it repeatedly, instilling good values.
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    susanlanai said...

    It's important because if we don't, how will they know! They learn from us so we should do as much as we can to teach them.

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    debbiekl said...

    We're very particular about what our son eats and are constantly discussing food options with him. Which I don't think the occasional "treat" is bad, if kids don't get a taste for the super sugary foods they appreciate the more subtle flavored foods more.
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