Several years ago, I had a moment of clarity as I watched my son’s pee-wee soccer team gobble frosted cupcakes, cookies, and chips after a Saturday morning game:
Why are kids given so much junk food on the sidelines of sports?
READ THE RANT THAT STARTED IT ALL: Soccer Mom Soapbox
The next season, I worked with my son’s coach to establish a fruit-and-water-only snack policy for the team, which was a hit with parents and players. But then I noticed junky snacks everywhere: at preschool, church, camp, after-school clubs. It seemed like kids couldn’t do anything without being served packaged cookies, gummy fruit snacks, and a juice pouch.
- Snacktivism is a grassroots effort to stop this unhealthy eating pattern–for the sake of our kids’ health. We owe it to our children to equip them with healthy eating habits.
- Snacktivism is about finding a better way. It’s about thinking twice before serving snacks, about considering whether kids actually need a snack. And if they do, it’s about finding a better choice. It’s about offering whole foods and about making fruits and vegetables the default.
- Snacktivism is NOT about giving up cookies and cupcakes. Instead, it’s about putting them back in their place as special occasion foods, not every day choices.
GET RESOURCES YOU CAN USE
Sports Snacktivism Handbook: Sample emails to coaches and parents, FAQ, and snack lists to mobilize your child’s team
Sample Letter to Camp Directors: A letter to camp directors you can cut, paste, customize, and use to voice your concerns.
Soccer Mom on a Mission: A slideshow of snack photos from the sidelines, plus statistics and a call to action–all set to music.
20 Healthy Team Snacks For Kids: A printable with ideas for fresh fruits and veggies to bring to the sidelines.
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