Connect with Parents!

Key Messages for Parents

  • Sugar-sweetened drinks like soda, juice drinks, and sports drinks are the top source of added sugar in kid's diets.
  • Drinking sugar-sweetened drinks can cause cavities and increase the risk for overweight in kids and adults.
  • Water and low fat milk are the best beverages to offer during snack and meal times.
  • Juice can have just as much sugar as soda. Do not serve juice drinks and limit 100% juice to 4 oz. per day (juice box size).

Parent Engagement Options

It is important to engage parents on a regular basis in a variety of ways. Here are some ways that you can engage parents at afterschool:

  • Have a conversation with parents at pick up
  • Create a bulletin board with the key messages from each Food & Fun unit
  • Involve parents in daily physical activities and snack time
  • Hold regularly scheduled events each month
  • Display "Pour It Out". Do the activity "Pour It Out" from the Food & Fun 2nd edition curriculum. Display the cups of children's usual intake of juice and the standard 6 ounce serving by the sign-out book. Talk to parents about the activity you did with the children and what the visuals mean.
  • Do a flavored water taste test. Offer parents water infused with cucumber, oranges, lemons or mint. Suggest trying it at home and experiment with other fruits and flavors!

Refer to the Parent Communications document, Newsletter Article, and Parent Handout to reinforce the messages in this unit of Food & Fun. All three are available in Spanish and English, and the Handout is available in Chinese.

  1. Parent Communications: Ideas for parent engagement, as well as a newsletter, "Sugar is Sweet. And Drinks are too?" and email message, "Healthy Habits Power Tips: Be Sugar Smart" to distribute to parents.
  2. Newsletter Article: The formatted version of the parent Newsletter
  3. Parent Handout: "More whole grains, less added sugar for good health". Send this handout home in a mailing, insert it into your next newsletter, or have copies available for pick up at your program's sign-out area.