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Healthy Kids: Big Help

Kids love to get involved in the kitchen. Here's a guide to what's appropriate for each age group.

A 2-year-old can tackle chores that make the most of their big arm muscles. They can help scrub, tear, snap, or dip.

A 3-year-old's medium muscles and hands can wrap, pour, mix, shake, and spread.

Since a 4-year-old has control of small muscles, get them to peel, roll, juice, crack eggs, and mash.

Get a 5-year-old to strengthen coordination by having them measure, cut, grind, and beat eggs.

A 7- to 9-year-old can show responsibility by using the stove or the microwave (but only with adult supervision).

Healthy Kids: Programs

Learn more about some programs that are successfully working to improve kids' eating habits.

American School Food Service Association: www.asfsa.org
Farm to School programs: www.foodsecurity.org/farm_to_school.html
Healthy Kids Challenge: www.healthykidschallenge.com
Planet Health: www.hsph.harvard.edu/prc/planet.html
Walking School Bus: www.walkingschoolbus.org