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Eat Smart for a Great Start Challenge

Eat Smart for a Great Start To start the school year off right, we’ve gathered resources that encourage healthy eating and physical activity – including expert tips, kid-friendly recipes and activities featuring your child’s favorite PBS KIDS characters. Join us along with our expert contributors and our partners, Produce for Kids and for our back-to-school Eat Smart for a Great Start Challenge. Would you like a reminder of our daily challenges? Sign up now!


Get Everyone in the Act!

Family hikingNow that you’ve finished four weeks of exploring food and health, it’s time to try to get other people in on the act—and to take the fun on the road. Encourage your friends and family to adopt healthier lifestyles by just asking them to join you. Here are a few ideas for group activities that mix good …

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“Be the Chef” Part 2: Grocery Store Adventures

Shopping the UHi there, it’s Professor Fizzy, back again with more ideas and tips from the fantabulous Lunch Lab. Now that you’ve planned a meal, put together a shopping list and explore the grocery store with your kids. When you’re at the grocery store, you can spend some time exploring and learning about foods, including…

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Encourage Your Kid to Be the Chef

Family cooking togetherHi, I’m Chef Marshall O’Brien and I’m a professional chef and advisor to Produce for Kids. One of the things I like best about my career is working with kids to help them develop their skills in the kitchen and create healthy meals to share with their friends and families…

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Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Family riding bikesHappy Friday! I hope that you’re all excited about the weekend, and if you’re looking for ideas for what to do, think about spending time outdoors with your family. Getting outside together is a great way to bond, and to get some physical exercise without really thinking about it.

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Accommodating Special Diets

Fizzy's Lunch LabHi there, it’s Professor Fizzy again! At the Lunch Lab, we make it our mission to develop tasty and nutritious meals, and among most healthful kinds of meals are vegetarian dishes. As an added bonus, vegetarian dishes are often good solutions for people with allergies to ingredients like seafood!

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Collaborating Through Cooking

Kids combining ingredientsEncouraging your children to cook with family and friends can be a great way to help build collaboration and sharing skills. Planning a cooking (and eating) party is a great way to get kids thinking about the process of cooking and how to work with others in the kitchen. Here are some tips…

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Encouraging Kids Through Challenges

Boy peeling carrotsSometimes our kids need us to encourage them to go the extra mile or to try new, maybe slightly daunting, things. On tomorrow’s episode of “Arthur,” George wants to complete a long-distance race, and no one thinks he can do it. You can help your kids face new challenges by being a positive sounding board for their feelings and emotions…

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