DALLAS – More than 275,000 children in 14 North Texas school districts will be encouraged to participate in the 5th annual kids teaching kids 21-Day Challenge. This program, created by Medical City Children’s Hospital, was developed to help kids form life-long healthy eating habits. Through the duration of the challenge, children document the healthy snacks they make by for 21 consecutive days.

The kids teaching kids program encourages children to reach for a healthier snack option, rich in whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy, and fruits and veggies.

“At Medical City Children’s Hospital, we understand that making smart eating choices is directly correlated with good health,” said Bill Lee, CEO of Medical City Children’s Hospital. “We are proud to pave the way in teaching children healthy eating habits early in life.”

The program was created in 2010 in partnership with the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association, Texas ProStart culinary programs and school districts across North Texas. High school culinary students create healthy snack recipes while graphic arts and photography students design cookbooks especially for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade.

This year, the student-designed recipe book is created by a senior graphic design student from Grand Prairie Independent School District. The book aims for kids and parents to work together making fun, healthy recipes.

To further motivate school participation, the 21-Day Challenge features internal competition within each school district. As the competition concludes, a trophy will be presented to the elementary school with the highest percentage of kids finishing the challenge versus their total school census.
Sponsors of the healthy eating challenge include Kroger, NBC5 and United Way Metropolitan Dallas. Sign-up opens September 25, and the kids teaching kids 21-Day Challenge will take place October 9 through October 29.

Additionally, more than 2,300 employees from 13 North Texas companies have signed up to join the 21-Day Challenge to encourage healthier eating habits in the workplace.

For more information about the Medical City Children’s Hospital kids teaching kids program, visit kids-teaching-kids.com.