This presentation has several tips for teaching students healthy eating habits, while also encouraging those students to be physically active both in and out of the classroom. Be sure to promote physical activity and healthy eating as a beneficial thing rather than a punishment used for bad behavior (i.e.: do not have students run a mile for failing to listen, or withhold food from students as a punishment). Finally, be a healthy role model to the students.
So many resources are available here as a means to make learning about nutrition fun and interesting for young learners. Take special interest in "Eat, Play, Grow Curriculum" and "Color Me Healthy" for some really interesting lesson plans and ideas for the preschool classroom. But all are very helpful in preparing lessons for young learners to understand the importance of healthy eating.
Strategies to keep in mind while teaching young children about the importance of good eating habits include the following: having your students follow guidelines about nutrition, encouraging students to try new foods, having plenty of healthy snacks available, keeping it fun, incorporating healthy foods into play time, reading books on the subjects to students, and encouraging a lot of physical activity.
This approach focuses on colors of foods, rather than calories and types of foods. Make healthy eating fun by involving children in their meal choices, and involving them in the cooking and preparing of their food. And as always, set good examples--if your students see you eating chips in class, it will be their norm.