Liz Northcutt says she's found a way to get children interested in healthy eating and regular exercise. It's a learning experience disguised as a board game.
"It's great for them to learn about health and fitness in their body -- for them to be the decision-makers when they're young," said Liz Northcutt, co-creator of Lunch Box Kids. "And (to) know the difference to make the right choices with the foods, with the exercise challenges -- and make it fun".
The idea started six years ago when Northcutt wanted to teach her own children how to develop proper eating and exercise habits. Cards and dice are used to teach children 6 and older the difference between good and bad foods, plus staying fit.
"We go from whole food to high nutritional process," she said as she showed a line of foods on display . "Now we're starting to get low nutritional process with lower nutritional value -- higher sugars, higher fillers and additives."
The line ends with "complete junk food."
Northcutt got the idea for Lunch Box Kids from a poster. Now, 30 Texas schools have each ordered 200 games. Northcutt expects thousands of more orders to come in this summer.
Her daughter, Hailey, helped develop Lunch Box Kids.
"I've just learned what carbohydrates are and protein is -- and all the good things to put in your body," Hailey said. "And what's in foods. I already know what healthy foods are, but I didn't know what made them healthy."
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