Family Resources

Eat and Play

 

Physical Activity

Playworks Games
Playworks.org

Looking for a game to engage kids in safe and healthy play? The Playworks staff has found, created, and sorted hundreds of games the will get kids off the sidelines and into the game. Whether you want to keep kids active for a full recess period or just do a few minutes of ice breakers before an activity, there's a game here for your needs. Play on!

 

Nutrition

Healthy Family Cooking Resources
GROW-HKC and other contributors

GROW Healthy Kids and Communities is helping families identify fun, easy, and affordable options to stay healthy and be active most everyday. Visit our Healthy Family cooking page for awesome recipe resources!

Lunch Box Recipes for Kids (or Adults!)
Cooking Light via Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA)

Every mom or dad who makes lunches for kids knows the goals: avoid total jettisoning of lunch into trash by picky eater; hope she or he doesn't trade healthy apple for can of soda; nudge the menu past the old standbys before complete boredom sets in on Day 123 (kids need lunches, on average, 180 times a year). Here are a few strategies built around some core preferences.

Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

Food Hero
Our friends at Food Hero have created a guide to help you identify when veggies and fruits are in season in the Pacific Northwest. Some differences will occur because of varied weather in some areas of the Pacific Northwest or weather changes from year to year. 
Learn more »

Oregon Harvest for Schools
This program was developed to promote and educate people about Oregon grown produce.
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Willamette Farm & Food Coalition
The Willamette Farm and Food Coalition facilitates and supports the development of a secure and sustainable food system in Lane County, Oregon. 
Locally grown directory (see page 18 for seasonal foods)
What grows in Oregon? (PDF)

 

Programs

Balanced Energy Physical Activity (BEPA) Toolkit

The Balanced Energy-Physical Activity (BEPA) Toolkit integrates physical activity and nutrition concepts through education and activity. Nutrition concepts are linked to physical activity concepts and active games through an approach that explains the concept of balanced energy as a combination of healthful eating and regular, varied physical activity. Learn more about the BEPA Toolkit »

Food Hero

With Food Hero, you will be able to budget for, plan, and create countless healthy, super tasty meals.  Food Hero will become your family's 'go to' site for everything food.  Within Food Hero lives healthy and tasty recipes, meal ideas, budgeting, shopping, and many more cooking tips and tools, plus ways to connect with other Food Heroes. Learn more about Food Hero »

GROW Healthy Family/Active Family Newsletters

A monthly newsletter directed toward supporting healthy home environmental and behavioral changes related to healthy eating and physical activity. View newsletters »


Literature

60 Minutes or More a Day (PDF) - INFOGRAPHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

five key settings that provide opportunities for youth to be active for 60 minutes or more a day where they live, learn, and play.

Five key settings that provide opportunities for youth to be active for 60 minutes or more a day where they live, learn, and play. Original article »

A Place for Play? The Influence of the Home Physical Environment on Children's Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour (PDF)
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

The home environment is an important influence on the sedentary behaviour and physical activity of children, whohave limited independent mobility and spend much of their time at home. This article reviews the current evidenceregarding the influence of the home physical environment on the sedentary behaviour and physical activity ofchildren aged 8–14 years.

Building Communities Where the Healthy Choice is the Easy Choice (PDF) - INFOGRAPHIC
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Healthy neighborhoods, healthy families and kids, and economic opportunity and mobility are interconnected. Building places where healthy behaviors are possible requires a focus on all three.

Eat Right to Play Hard
Academy of Nutrients and Dietetics

Active kids need fuel for sports, school and everyday health, as well as normal growth and development. When young people are involved in competitive athletics, their need for power foods and fluids is higher than usual.

Oregon Shared Meals Initiative
Nutrition Council of Oregon

The Nutrition Council of Oregon (NCO) has launched a year-long initiative to raise awareness about the importance of shared meals in promoting better eating habits, reducing obesity, preventing substance abuse, and strengthening family and community bonds.

What America Eats (PDF)
Institute of Food Technologists

Changing consumer priorities, including a penchant for around-the-clock consumption and more interest in sophisticated everyday fare, demand close attention from food and beverage companies.