Contributed by Andrea Bossenmeyer

Yet another research study is emerging showing that if you stick Dora or Shrek or any other popular cartoon character on the front of a box or a banana that is what the child will choose to eat. The study shows preschoolers will choose the higher-calorie, less healthful foods over more nutritious options.

"The bottom line is that when kids are presented with a choice of graham crackers, fruit snacks or carrot…
Check out the Head Start Body Start (HSBS) March Tool Box posted by the National Center for Physical Activity and Outdoor Play within the National Association of Sport and Physical Education(NASPE). A monthly toolbox will be released in both English and Spanish and can be download from the website. Each toolbox contains a physical activity plan and a monthly physical activity calendar which shares ideas for physical activity and healthy eating.