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From: lisette (
Subject:         one thing to consider
Date: June 22, 2009 at 9:42 am PST

In Reply to: Upper high school health curriculum posted by BAC-WA on June 8, 2009 at 10:05 pm:

that is true of just about everything: information does not translate into behavior change without attention paid to motivation.

IN other words, you can teach kids about good nutrition, but need to answer the question "and why should I care?" with something that speaks to their motivation. Good nutrition may translate into better performance in sports, or better appearance. Teens don't see themselves as ever being 50 years old, so telling them they need to do this so they don't drop dead of a heart attack at 55 won't cut it with them.
the best thing you can do is make it fun, and make it part of the family's daily routine. If you're not introducing fun and tasty healthy foods at home, don't think they'll turn down Mickey D's away from home. If you and Dad are couch potatoes, telling the kids to get up and move won't work. We joined the Sierra Club as a family and take the kids hiking, kayaking, bouldering, snowshoeing....and we've promised each of them an Outward Bound trip when they're 16. The whole family is training for a community half-marathon to raise money for leukemia, and each kid has challenged a friend to run with us. I couldn't teach them this stuff out of a book.

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