14th to 18th June is Healthy Eating Week in 2021 - a week set aside by the British Nutrition Foundation. It is an annual event which aims to help everyone to make small changes to improve their lifestyles, health and wellbeing.
There are five themes across the week:
- Know the Facts which includes information and advice about eating healthily
- Make a Healthier Choice which gives tips and tools to make better choices
- Plan for Success to help you to plan out meals and snacks
- Be the Chef and cook healthy recipes
- Keep Moving which includes ideas for activities and exercise.
The aim of this week is to try to make a small change or try something new each day. By doing this, we will eventually be leading a healthier lifestyle.
Our Healthy Eating Week Resources
Should I eat a lot of this food, or only a little? Use this cut and stick activity - which comes complete with 2 sorting mats - to prompt some healthier eating!
We have two versions with different wording. Choose the one you prefer. Version 1 is pictured below.
Here is a set of 10 superhero fruit colouring pages. The kids will be amazed at what these fruit superheroes can do! Perhaps it will encourage them to eat more fruit...
Colour in our superhero fruit - 10 different pages! This is such a fun way to encourage the kids to eat some healthy fruit as part of their 5 a day...
Kids will enjoy colouring in our superhero fruit characters, giving them a superhero name and choosing a special skill for each of them! We think that Orange Man defeats his enemies by squirting them in the eye with his healthy juice...
Here are all of our superhero vegetables, complete with interesting backgrounds to colour in. They can jump into trees, ride tractors and even fly!
You will find just our Superhero Vegetables on this collection of colouring pages. Choose the ones that your child likes to eat - or perhaps use these funny characters to encourage a new taste or two!
Here's a fun activity with our Superhero Vegetables! Colour in the picture and then come up with a name and a skill for each of our Superhero Vegetables! I think Carrot Man might be able to see in the dark...
Which fruits do your children like the most? Ask classmates, friends and family and then use this favourite fruits bar chart printable to record the result.
Get the kids to carry out a survey of everyone's favourite vegetables and record them using this favourite vegetables bar chart printable. Who knows what you will discover! We have a UK and a US version, which takes account of different spellings and names for the veg, too.
This is a fun counting activity for younger children which will help to reinforce the concept of eating 5 healthy fruit and vegetable portions a day.
Students take a look at what Alex ate over the course of a day and then analyse his choices and make recommendations. This worksheet is a great way to get kids thinking about how to make their own healthier food choices.
Cut out the images of food and sort them into the appropriate food groups. We've included an answer sheet at the back of the pdf for checking.
This interesting worksheet asks children to compare the food labels on two different breakfast cereals and analyse them to find out which is healthier. You never know - it might encourage a healthier choice at breakfast time!
Trying to encourage the kids to try some new foods? This fun worksheet asks children to draw a picture of the different foods they tried today, and colour in the appropriate "smiley" face to record what they thought of them.
Kids can colour in a bundle of healthy fruit and veg for every portion they eat each day. This tracker is a great way to encourage the kids to eat better with a visual representation at the end of the week.
Encourage the kids to eat their fruit and veg with the help of this cut and stick tracker. They can stick on an apple for every piece of fruit they eat, and a carrot for every veg portion, and watch the days fill up!
Here's a bingo game featuring all kinds of delicious fruit - perhaps for a Healthy Eating topic or Healthy Eating Week. There are 10 bingo cards in the pdf, as well as a calling card.
NB These are large files.
Fill up the bowl with a bunch of colourful playdough fruit! We have one unguided playdough mat, as well as 4 playdough mats which ask the children to make specific pieces of fruit - a fun reading comprehension activity!
We've chosen a selection of fruit for this tasting activity, to encourage children to branch out and try something new. Try them all at once, or perhaps one a week - or when they come into season.
Get the kids to plan out a day of healthy foods with our healthy menu planner. We have three versions to choose from:
Version 1: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks
Version 2: breakfast, lunch, supper, snacks
Version 3: breakfast, dinner, tea, snacks
Do your children know Eric Carle's story of The Hungry Caterpillar? We've suggested movements and child-safe yoga poses so that you can get the kids moving and stretching while telling the story with their bodies.
What makes a healthy lunch? You'll soon find out if the children have taken on board the healthy eating message, when they plan out their own using this fun printable activity.
We have used an empty plate as the basis for this "plan a healthy meal" activity printable. I hope the children include lots of healthy fruit and veg, and some protein too.
Read the instructions and colour the lunch box, flask and apple accordingly. You might encourage your children to read all the instructions before they start, to make sure they get it right! We have included an answer sheet with coloured picture so that you can check the result.
When a little bit of movement or physical is required - grab a die and make a game of it! Roll the dice and do the movement you see in the chart. We've come up with 3 different ideas for each number, including some yoga poses, so there's lots of fun to be had with this activity.
Here's a spot the difference activity - with a difference! As the children notice the differences between the two pictures, we've asked them to write a sentence to explain them.
Play a game of bingo with up to 10 kids and a vegetable theme! This set of bingo cards (which includes a page for the caller) would make a fun addition to a Healthy Eating or Food topic.
Kids can colour in a glass of water each time they drink one. At the end of the week they will have a good idea of whether they are reaching a healthy level of hydration and hitting their goals.
Cut out the water "stickers" and glue one on every time you drink a glass of water to see if you can reach a healthy target.
We have lots more resources under our Food topic - although not all of them are healthy!
Food Topic for Kids
Grab a group of kids and get outdoors and moving with these fun game suggestions!