There is a growing population of overweight children who are susceptible to medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. There are no easy answers, but after talking to many health care professionals, I realized the best solution is prevention
San Mateo, CA (PRWEB) February 29, 2008
Web based company Nourish Interactive™, Inc. brings innovation and creative use of technology to families with the introduction of its website (nourishinteractive.com), tapping into the trend of using online tools to teach children and their parents important information in a new way. The online site creates an environment where matching tools for both the child and parent help facilitate the learning experience as it relates to a balanced diet and exercise. Free online tools send similar messages to both the parent and child, so the entire family can work as a team to establish good nutrition at home.
"The Nourish Interactive website offers free games and new ideas every month to teach children and parents nutritious habits for healthy living," said Michelle Mirizzi, MS, a registered dietician and nutrition consultant. "By playing these interactive games like Pyramid Puzzles, Matching Meals or Whack a Snack, children will definitely have fun learning how to create a healthy lifestyle."
Hosted by Chef Solus™ and two explorers, Katlin and Kevin, children have the option to play free online games such as "Falling Food" and "Bon Appetite Arcade." In addition, they can read about the adventures of Katlin and Kevin - such as going to the farmers market to learn about fresh produce. To supplement what children are learning, parents also receive a similar monthly newsletter. The online connectivity allows parents a window into what their child is learning as parents also learn about nutrition in a positive, interactive way. Treating the parent and child as a unit by sending consistent messaging reinforces the team effort and commitment necessary to create healthy nutrition habits for the entire family.
"There is a growing population of overweight children who are susceptible to medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. There are no easy answers, but after talking to many health care professionals, I realized the best solution is prevention," said Maggie LaBarbera, Founder of Nourish Interactive and a former ICU nurse. "Prevention can best be promoted through early education, and parents play a key role in their child's education. The educational nutrition games, interactive activities and tools on our website (nourishinteractive.com) are meant to be used conjointly - both parent and child learn in their own way about better nutrition, and most importantly, they will have fun while learning."
Free online tools for parents on the site interface with the child's games and resources to show parents what their child is learning, and how their activities and games are providing valuable information about nutrition, energy, and exercise in a fun, engaging way. The short, interactive educational pieces for parents explain the 2005 Food Pyramid, break-down food labels, and include a nutrition dictionary. Other tools include a BMI calculator to determine their child's healthy weight, and family tracking sheets so the entire family can set goals and measure progress. Additional resources for parents include links to websites that provide a wealth of information about good health, as well as links to websites for children that offer supplemental insight into good health.
About Nourish Interactive
Nourish Interactive, Inc. is committed to educating both children and their parents about the importance of nutrition and exercise, with the belief that prevention is the best treatment. Nourish Interactive has developed a learning platform that comes to life with its interactive online game that offers fun, innovative ways to empower children to make healthy choices. In creating an educational product that involves both children and their parents, Nourish Interactive acknowledges the key roles both parents play to make an effective learning experience.