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Fizzy's Lunch Lab
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this PBS Kids web-only series is an entertaining place for elementary-aged kids to learn the importance of good nutrition, a balanced diet, and physical activity. Professor Fizzy is the Lunch Lab's funny host who serves up a fun mix of nutrition information, healthy eating tips, and simple recipes -- all while trying to foil the efforts of his evil nemesis Fast Food Freddy. Created around monthly themes, the site releases a new animated short video each week as well as a corresponding recipe for kids and their parents to enjoy. A variety of supplemental nutrition-based activities are available to extend the learning into the home.
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What's it about?
There's a lot to explore in FIZZY'S LUNCH LAB. Kids can browse kid-friendly recipes or search for specifics by keyword and category (vegetarian, cold, holiday, etc.). They can watch Professor Fizzy and the gang in themed webisodes or watch music videos that feature Freezer Burn, the Lunch Lab's rock and roll band. The games section has over a dozen activities that vary in difficulty and by topic; by playing them, kids earn virtual money which they can use to bling out a section called \"My Kitchen.\"
Is it any good?
PBS Kids has created a web-only series that creatively presents nutrition information in a way that kids will understand and enjoy. The Lunch Lab is led by Professor Fizzy, a funny, energetic culinary genius, and his trusty sidekick Mixie-Bot, a robot helper made of kitchen appliances and gadgets. Together, they teach kids about cooking, nutrition and kitchen safety as well as the benefits of basic nutrition, proper portion-size and physical activity. The animated videos are entertaining and educational, and through clever characters such as Sully the Cell, they explain complicated concepts like the virtues of whole wheat flour versus white processed flour. And all the information is imparted using simple language that kids will understand ("Wheat is Sweet!"). Young users will enjoy the games and music with catchy names like "Buffet Boogie" and "Veggie Fever." Interesting food facts and do-at-home activities make this a fun stop for every member of the family -- and will provide healthy food fodder for any dinner table.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the importance of maintaining a healthy diet. Although occasional treats and sweets are nice, your body needs a steady balance of good nutrition and physical activity. Why is it not good for you to spend too much time on the couch and in the drive-thru lane?
How marketers target children in order to sell junk food. What methods and tricks do they use to convince kids to ask their parents for junk food? How do they use different media and technology to reach kids with messages about their products?
Which types of food are good for our bodies and which are not? At what times of the day do you find yourself craving not-so-healthy foods? Sitting in front of the television? Playing computer games? Do the messages and advertisements you see during the day make you crave those things?