Young Father Pouring Milk into Bowl of Cereal for Young Boy (6-8)Recently we discussed how libraries can participate in the USDA Summer Food Service Program. If you are interested in other ways the library can encourage a healthy lifestyle, check out EatPlayGrow, a curriculum developed by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan in partnership with the National Institutes of Health in order “to teach children ages 6 and younger and their adult caregivers how to make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices.”

When you download the EatPlayGrow curriculum, don’t be overwhelmed by the length of the document. You can skip right to section 2, where you’ll find 11 lesson plans, each of which include an outline of everything you’ll need to run a successful story time about making healthy choices. There are suggested books, snack ideas, art activities, and physical activities.  There are also handouts for the caregivers to take home.

What are some ways you already encourage healthy behaviors through story time? Share your ideas in the comments!

ETA: The Bismarck Public Library has partnered with Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health to host an EatPlayGrow series this summer.


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