Digging Deeper: Connecting to the Source of our Food

Too many children are unable to connect the food on their plate with its original source. As obesity becomes a more serious concern among children, it is worth asking the question whether children are being equipped with the knowledge necessary to develop a healthy and responsible relationship with food. For kids that are overweight and looking to lose weight in Cazenovia, helping them to connect their favorite foods with the source that provides it may be useful in encouraging weight loss.

Up to a certain age, many children believe that the grocery store is where there food comes from. Thinking beyond the source that they are familiar with is abstract, and if they are not taught about the real sources of food, then why would they think any farther about it? This can create a problem however. If children cannot connect that apples come from a tree while potato chips come from a factory, then how can we expect them to understand that apples are natural, fresh and healthy, or that potato chips are not.

Kids deserve to learn what nutritious foods look and taste like. Instead of just putting dinner on the table and eating, talk with your kids about the types of vegetables and meats that you are eating. Why are these food choices a good dinner option while other foods aren’t? By taking the time to really consider the source of the food on our plates, we can become more mindful of what we eat and begin to make healthier choices that can help with our weight loss goals as well.

 

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Jan
Also, in schools, like Cazenovia, there is an agriculture program at the high school level. Taking agriculture classes can help bridge that knowledge gap you speak of. Learning where their food and fiber actually come from and how they are produced is something that most Americans have no direct connection to anymore; most are several generations away from having any direct family that lived on a farm. Knowledge of agriculture and production make students more educated consumers in the long run!