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Around the Block: Practical Parent Tips

Around the Block Parent Sitelet

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Practical Parent Tips

Spot The Block wants to help your kids get their food facts first! That's why Around the Block provides a number of helpful tips and practical steps that parents can take to encourage their kids to make informed dietary choices. 


Tips Found Here Can Reinforce Spot The Block's Ideas

Your child may already be aware of the Spot The Block campaign. The Practical Parent Tips provided here will help you connect the campaign's information to real-life situations in the home, in the lunchroom, at the supermarket and at fast-food restaurants. Start helping your child learn about nutrition today! 

Starting the Dialogue

Discussions about nutrition don't have to be complicated lessons. They can be fun, casual moments that happen in many different situations. 

TipTalking Nutrition in Different Places

You can help your child learn about nutrition and establish healthful dietary habits in many everyday situations. Remind him or her to use the Nutrition Facts Label on food packages when choosing foods. Check out these tips for talking to your child about using the Nutrition Facts Label on food packages:

TipIt's What's On the Back (or Side) That Counts

When snacking, remind your child that the front isn't the most important part of the package. Let your child know to check out the black and white Nutrition Facts Label on food packages. That's where you Spot the Block and find important nutrition information.

TipCompliment Label-Reading

Your child may already be familiar with the Spot The Block campaign. So if you see your child reading a label, make sure to compliment and encourage that action. Remind your child about Spot The Block's three key messages, and the important steps necessary to manage health and nutrition.

TipUse Spot The Block Fun Facts

Talk about key dates with your child to spark an interest in nutrition. For example, on National Iced Tea Day, challenge your child to Spot The Block on bottled iced tea and choose the one with the lowest sugar. You can note key days and dates on the family calendar. And remember — pointing out these days doesn't have to happen at the dinner table. You can talk to your child about these facts any time throughout the day! Check out all the interesting nutrition-related dates in Fun on the Block.