Chris Sare, a certified nutritionist, is committed to helping children grow up healthy. Her focus on children and families is in preventive health, weight management and avoiding childhood obesity, thus avoiding adult obesity. She has been in the forefront of the children’s nutrition revolution, with the website ChrisSare4Kids.com, jaspersfoodiefriends.com and now SuperFoodiestotheRescue.com. In 2010 she aligned with The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which was founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation to combat childhood obesity, and today her lesson plans are included in the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Resource Database and are downloaded all over the world.
“My websites are an information source for teachers, parents, caregivers and kids to learn about nutrition in an entertaining way,” Chris explains. “Using whimsical characters as personified foods helps children learn what gives them energy and what builds muscles, and what nutrients help the brain to function. Prevention is key, and if children can learn while they are very young, they will have lifelong habits that are engrained. We are all creatures of habit, and the better habits and more tools we have, the healthier we can be.”
Chris believes that teaching nutrition, like reading, spelling or math, is best if planted as a seed that is allowed to grow with the child, instead of trying to teach it after habits are formed. She says: “I grew up eating unhealthy foods and did not have the awareness or support. Consequently I grew up very overweight with low self-esteem, along with poor eating habits. As a result, it is my passion to help children at a very young age.”
After the birth of her grandson in 2007, Chris wrote her first children’s book, “Jasper’s Secret Land.” She wanted it to be a book for families, teachers and caregivers to read, learn and enjoy. “Once the children know this information, they can pass it along to siblings and parents and carry it with them as they grow, one day to pass this vital information along to the next generation,” Chris says. “I hope my website, books and lesson plans empower all families to become healthier together.”