When her oldest child began kindergarten at the local public school, my friend Alison was delighted with the education, but disappointed by the classroom snack program.  The school had a rotating schedule for parents to bring in mid-morning snack, with little in the way of guidelines or ground rules. Translation: the kids might be offered hummus and carrot sticks one day and super-sized packaged treats with artificial food dye the next. As a child’s health advocate and registered dietitian, Alison decided to do something about it. She created a school-wide snack program built entirely on a weekly delivery of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables from a local farm collective. Now in its seventh year, the program has been an overwhelming success that, over time, has been embraced by parents and faculty, but most importantly, by the students who go through hundreds of pounds of fresh produce every month.

Alison’s story might resonate with those of you who have ever felt disappointed by the collective culture around children’s snacking, whether it’s the donuts and punch served at soccer games or the sugar-spiked classroom parties. If you’ve ever wanted to nudge these snacks in a healthier direction, but just don’t know how, I have the resource for you.  I’m so excited about it, that if you were at my house right now you’d find me in full cheerleading gear shouting about it over a megaphone.

It’s this:

snacktivist handbook

The Snacktivist’s Handbook is a new e-book from registered dietitian Sally Kuzemchak that can empower any parent to help shift the junk food snack culture. Really, it’s a toolkit for change, whether that means in youth sports, summer camp, church, clubs, or the school classroom. It’s a resource rich with ideas, tips, action plans, and inspiration, including:

  • A “how-to” on approaching teachers, coaches, and camp directors about instituting better snacking, including e-mail templates you can customize and send
  • Fact sheets to give to coaches and team parents.
  • More than a dozen printables for healthy team snacks, food-free classroom rewards, and healthier school fundraisers
  • A week’s worth of snack recipes to make at home
  • Tips and recipe ideas for fun (and healthy) snacks for classroom programs and parties
  • Testimonials from parents who have become effective Snacktivists by using Sally’s tools and tips
  • Suggestions for improving the snack culture in the workplace (buh by, candy bowl)

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This is a book that should be in the hands of every school PTA, teacher, coach, and camp director. And for any of you parents who feel helpless and frustrated by the food culture in your community, it should be in your hands too. After all, as Alison so beautifully demonstrated, one person really CAN make a difference.

To purchase a copy of Sally’s e-book, follow this link.

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