[blindkid] Learning About Healthy Foods [Was] RE: Options for a healthy lunch

Mark Feliz mafeliz0641 at gmail.com
Thu May 7 23:11:01 UTC 2015


I utilize this website with my blind students to teach them about
nutritional facts. It opens up a whole differendt world in some cases
in their understanding of what they are eating.
Mark Feliz

On 5/7/15, Arielle Silverman via blindkid <blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi all. I really like the site
> www.directionsforme.org
> It contains a searchable database of thousands of food and drug labels
> that are fully accessible to the blind reader. I believe it is run by
> Horizons for the Blind in Chicago. I use it all the time to read
> cooking instructions, nutrition facts and ingredient listings on
> packaged foods and dosing instructions for OTC medications. You might
> encourage your kids to use this website to read the cooking directions
> for their favorite frozen, canned or packaged meals once they are old
> enough to prepare these items independently.
> Arielle
>
> On 5/7/15, Shellie Kalinsky via blindkid <blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>> Allison-
>> I agree w/ you. The tech readers and apps are inconsistent and it can be
>> very cumbersome for kids to get the info on packaging.  My daughter is a
>> freshman at our local community college and is a pre-school major.  She
>> just
>> completed a course called "Safety, Health and Nutrition For the Young
>> Child".  In that course she had to use a lot of online resources like
>> myplate.org and international food and nutrition sites.  She learned a
>> lot
>> and was able to teach me a lot about where to find balanced meals/snack
>> plans for kids.  It seemed most useful when she used apps and trackers
>> where
>> she could input her food intake & exercise habits and then the tracker
>> would
>> calculate everything and report it to her.  Myplate.org has a
>> Supertracker
>> section where you can input all this info.  It was difficult for her to
>> navigate alone though.  But with classmate assistance and a few bits of
>> help
>> from me she was able to use it.  The entire family can use it and then
>> you
>> can discuss together.  Hope this info helps other families find new ways
>> to
>> discuss healthy habits.
>>
>> Shellie
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>> On May 7, 2015, at 2:59 PM, Allison Hilliker via blindkid
>>> <blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>>>
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>> A blindness related reframe for this topic...
>>>
>>> What ways have other parents used to teach their blind/partially blind
>>> children about healthy foods? As a blind adult, I wish I had learned
>>> more
>>> about nutrition growing up. Some things I learned like other kids did,
>>> info about fruits/veggies etc., but other facts about every-day foods
>>> come
>>> from printed info that sighted people see.
>>>
>>> It can be challenging to know for sure what is and is not healthy when
>>> you
>>> cannot easily read food packaging. There are several assistive tech
>>> options for reading food labels, but I've tried many of them and they're
>>> inconsistently helpful at best. For example, one may learn that yogurt
>>> is
>>> good for you, but if you read yogurt packaging, one learns that this is
>>> not always true depending on the brand.
>>>
>>> My tip to parents would be to share bits of info with your kids about
>>> what
>>> you've read from the food packages their eating from. Other kids can
>>> read
>>> these facts if they look, but our blind kids miss this info. And over a
>>> lifetime of missing nutrition info, it's harder to know what's what as
>>> an
>>> adult.
>>>
>>> What are others' experiences with this topic? I'm curious.
>>>
>>> Best,
>>> Allison
>>>
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: blindkid [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Carol
>>> Castellano via blindkid
>>> Sent: Thursday, May 07, 2015 10:43 AM
>>> To: Blind Kid Mailing List, (for parents of blind children)
>>> Cc: Carol Castellano
>>> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Options for a healthy lunch
>>>
>>> Gentle reminder.  This list is to discuss blindness-related issues.
>>> Carol
>>>
>>> At 12:53 PM 5/7/2015, you wrote:
>>>> Parents should advocate for their kids to have some time on the
>>>> playground during the day.  Schools have been working to provide
>>>> healthier options for their students at lunchtime.
>>>>
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>>> Carol Castellano
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>>> Director of Programs
>>> National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
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