Childhood obesity is a tragedy and we at AASDN are working hard to develop solutions aimed at helping to reduce childhood obesity that threaten the lives of our children. Just as with all tragedies, we as a nation must come together to educate ourselves and our children on the steps necessary to protect ourselves. We all must become involved – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, teachers, coaches – all of us.
- AASDN National School Lunch Awareness Initiative (NSLAI). The goal of the AASDN National School Lunch Awareness Initiative (NSLAI) is to inspire and motivate children to “try” new foods and make healthy eating choices through the use of the AASDN Placemats™. On November 2nd, 2012 almost 3000 children across the country participated in the “Shoot for 20 Stars Day” utilizing the AASDN “Shoot for 20 Stars Day” Placemat. This first Initiative produced data indicating that the participating children consumed more fruits, vegetables and whole grains through the use of this placemat. Participation in a “Shoot for 20 Stars Day” is free (small charge for placemats). See “NSLAI” below for more details.
- AASDN Placemats. AASDN has developed three colorful, laminated, interactive food tracking placemats to meet the needs of all educational settings. These placemats incorporate a star-associated food rating system which provides a simple yet effective tool for educating, inspiring and motivating children to make healthy eating choices. Foods are rated according to their nutritional value: 5 stars (Gold) – best choices, 4 stars (Green) - good choices, 3 stars (Blue) – Ok choices, 2 stars (Red) – less healthy choices, and 0 stars (Grey) – avoid these choices. See “Placemats” for more information on the different types of laminated, interactive food tracking placemats designed to meet the needs of all educational settings.
- Multi-Part Educational Series - "Strategies for Prevention of Childhood Obesity". This multi-part series focuses on aspects of childhood obesity. The specific goal of this series is to consolidate the plethora of information concerning childhood obesity and provide solutions /strategies that can be implemented at the family and school level. This series includes determining children’s caloric needs and sample menu plans based on caloric needs. This multi-part educational series is FREE. Continuing education units are also available for professionals wishing to receive contact hours. Clickhere for more details.
- NO: Book One of the 8th Day Series. During a 6 month sabbatical, Dr. Pentz(founder of AASDN) and co-author, Doug Dwyer, published a young adult novel with a purpose. No – Book oneof the 8th Day Mystery Series deals with the timeliest of issues – obesity and health related diseases in young children. This first novel of the 8th Day series inspires and motivates young readers to make healthy school lunch choices.