School readiness goes beyond ABCs and 123s. Good nutrition and physical activity also support children's success in school and life.
With childhood obesity, and obesity-related diseases such as type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure on the rise, good nutrition and daily physical activity are more important than ever for children and adults. Children learn healthy eating habits and how to stay physically active by watching their parents and caregivers.
Fun nutrition learning tools
Whether you are a parent looking for a fun activity to spark a child's interest in eating vegetables, an adult educator looking for a parent-led project, or a preschool teacher connecting classroom lessons to home, we have some tools and links for you.
View a collection of DEL health and nutrition publications.
- Check out this fun, interactive website with resources, games, and nutrition and health tidbits for young folks.
- Join First Lady Michelle Obama, community leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses, moms and dads in a nationwide campaign to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity.
- Team Up At Home - Team Nutrition Activity Book
- This booklet will help you and your child learn more about good nutrition and being physically active. It contains lots of nutrition information and fun activities.
- Washington State Department of Health
- Ready, Set, Go! 5210
- Ready, Set, Go! 5210 promotes healthy lifestyle choices for children, youth and families. It stands for daily: 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or fewer of recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity and 0 drinks with added sugar.
Need help getting food for your family?
Making ends meet can be hard, and when families have to choose between paying rent and putting food on the table, food needs can take second place.
Help is available through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, the federal food stamp program, local area food banks and community garden projects, your local Salvation Army and some faith-based communities.
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction – Child Nutrition
- Wondering if your child qualifies for free or reduced school breakfast or lunches?
- Parent Help 123
- The benefit finder can help you find out if your family qualifies for food stamps.
- Washington State Food Banks
- Looking for your local food bank? This site can help you connect.
- Washington State WIC Nutrition Program
- The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program helps moms and their young children eat healthy.