Family Fun Low-Fat Dairy
Simon Says: Enjoy Low-Fat and Fat-Free Dairy Foods
Explain that low-fat and fat-free dairy products include milk, yogurt and cheese. Play "Simon Says" to encourage kids to learn about low-fat and fat-free milk and other dairy foods while they move as much as possible. Ask the children to march in place, skip in a circle, or rock back and forth throughout the game. Children only do the special movement that you ask them to do when you start with "Simon Says". If you do not say "Simon Says", the children will continue to march, skip, or rock. Here are some dairy facts to get you started and then have fun sharing your own:
- Jump up three times if you like eating low-fat yogurt.
- Slide to the right if you knew milk came from cows.
- Moo like a cow if you knew that drinking milk makes your bones stronger.
- Fly like a bird if you if you drank low-fat or fat-free milk at lunch.
- Stretch up high and try to touch the sky if you eat string cheese.
Calcium is necessary for building strong bones. Bones grow fastest during the tween and teen years. Tweens and teens ages 9 to 18 need the most calcium–1,300 milligrams (mg) of calcium every day–of all age groups
- Collect empty low-fat and fat-free dairy food containers.
- Have older ones pick foods they would eat each day and add up the milligrams of calcium from the different food labels until they reach 1,300 milligrams of calcium for the day.
- For younger children, have them pick three low-fat and fat-free dairy foods they would eat today.
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