Guiding Principles & Practices

How to introduce new foods:

  • be open to trying a variety of foods
  • use strength-based responses
  • don’t engage in power struggles or battles over food
  • encourage mindful eating for digestion and pleasure


Teaching healthy eating habits

Habits are behaviors. Behavior change has its challenges, but our tastes and habits are not fixed, it is possible to change.

To promote healthy habits: 

healthy food has to be appealing, delicious, satiating for people to want to eat it 

model the healthy habits you’re teaching – what we see and taste matters more than what we hear.

  • be open minded about trying unfamiliar foods
  • respond to internal cues for hunger and satiety (not portion size)

don’t use food as a reward – don’t give them candy if they eat vegetables



How to wash your hands:

1. water 2. soap 3. water 4. dry Make sure the students wet their hands first to get a good lather, and that they scrub for 20 seconds focusing on the problem areas – fingernails and between the fingers.   Hand washing video from the World Health Organization (WHO) 1:26 min CDC Hand washing: when & how Glo Germ Company (there are less expensive lotions available)