Celebrations are exciting! They are also great opportunities to promote a healthy lifestyle, provide a consistent message, have fun, be creative and create excitement around nutritious choices. In addition to including healthy options, celebrations can also have a non-food focus and offer opportunities for more play and time to enjoy music, dance, games and other fun activities. When food is part of a special event, offer a variety of healthy options including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and water.
Let’s Move to Healthy Celebrations
- Visit your school’s wellness policy to determine what is acceptable to bring in for healthy celebrations.
- Use the Healthy Celebrations letter as a template to share your classroom celebration policy with parents.
- Review the 10 Tips for Making the Switch to Healthy Celebrations and 5 Steps to Healthier Celebrations to assist in making the transition easier.
- Have Ideas for Healthy Celebrations by Month to share with parents.
- Engage Kids in providing ideas for foods, beverages, and non-food ideas. Give a Healthy Celebrations Survey to students to see what healthy idea they like best.
- Have a healthy snack list on hand for parents when asked about bringing in items.
- Think outside the box at non-food reward items.
- Be a great role model for your students by talking about fruits and vegetables that you like! Engage your colleagues in making school-wide changes.
Check your school’s wellness policy for guidelines on classroom celebrations. Develop a policy at your school to allow foods that meet the Maryland Smart Snacks standards or only allow healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and water at celebrations.