The Bodies

The Bodies explores healthy habits and examines how eating a variety of things from the four food groups, drinking water, and staying active contributes to maintaining high energy levels throughout the day.

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While Playing: 
  • Health Canada reminds parents that they are probably the largest influence on a child's eating and exercise habits.Be sure your child sees you eating breakfast and be the one to suggest a trip to the park after dinner!
  • Your child has learned about the four food groups by playing the Bodies game.Capitalize on this by helping your child plan and make their own breakfast, lunch and snacks.Not only will your child have healthy and energy packed food for the school day, but they will soon be able to do this all on their own.

 

Ontario Curriculum Connections: 

This activity will help your child learn about the four food groups. This game meets many expectations in multiple grades, one of which is:

Health and Physical Education: Healthy Living

Making Health Choices - Healthy Eating:  describe how the food groups in Canada’s Food Guide (i.e., vegetables and fruit, grain

products, milk and alternatives, meat and alternatives) can be used to make healthy food choices

 

At-Home Activities: 

Making your child realize the influence they have on what is purchased at the grocery store is one of Health Canada's recommended activities.

  • Sit down with your child and list the items that are purchased with your child in mind when you go grocery shopping.Next, slot the different food items in one of the four group categories.Soon you and your child will be able to recognize food groups that they really enjoy eating from and others that lack variety.From there, search through grocery store fliers or do the grocery store together to find new foods to try out so that all four food groups are equally represented with an assortment of choices.