all feedback and take it seriously. If you have comments to share with us,
Parents Have Told Us...
It's so important for girls to start practicing healthy eating now, before
everything from peer pressure to their own independence sends them on
detours. Say "balanced meal" and you'll get complaints of boring
and yucky. Kudos to everyone at zip4tweens.com for finding a way to
make eating healthy and exercising seem 'cool'!
-- Alice G., Mom, Colorado
Just wanted to commend you on the positive message your Web site is sending
to young girls. My 8-year-old daughter had a ball browsing through the site
(loved sending out c-cards, too!)... The recipes that we tried from the smart eatin' section
were huge hits with the kids -- and I was happy because they were actually
eating vegetables without putting up a fight! (We especially liked the Meatball
& Veggie Platter and the Beef on Bamboo!) Thanks for the wonderful resource
you're providing to young girls!
P.S. -- My daughter wondered if you could add a "Cool Girl's Book Club"
to the site. Might be a feature where girls recommend books they like to
create a great reading list.
-- Megan M., Mom, Illinois
What Teachers Have Told Us...
You have combined every aspect of a healthy life style and stressed
how they all work together. I think girls get focused on the nutrition part
-- calories and fat -- and don't realize there is more to being healthy.
You have information on exercise, attitude and much more. You are concerned
with the whole picture and you present it well!!
I also feel that you gave credibility to the factual information when you
listed links for more info or for where the info came from - a site, an
expert, or an authority. As a teacher, I like how you have compiled the
factual info with the links all on one page. I will use that page in my
Growing Healthy program in my classroom.
I have no concerns about letting my students sign on to this site and just
let them go. I do not have to check it out ahead of time for appropriateness.
Even the message board had nothing of concern!!! The privacy statement is
upfront and reassuring to any parent or teacher. Well Done!!!!! This site
is definite for my school favorites list.
-- Janet D., Elementary School Teacher, S.D.
What Child Development and Nutrition Experts Have
The pre-adolescent and adolescent years can be some of the most challenging
times in a young girl's life. Having a healthy attitude towards food is
one of the building blocks of a strong body and mind. It helps girls celebrate
themselves and have the courage to be creative, independent and strong.
We need more industries out there to come out and say 'Look, be real! Don't
build your self-confidence based on peer pressure and your appearance.
-- Sylvia Rimm, PhD, Child Psychologist
Family Achievement Clinic director,
clinical professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
and of best-selling books, including How to Parent So Children Will Learn,
Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades-And What You Can Do About It, and See Jane
As a health professional, I know first-hand that there is a vast array of
confusing information about nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The zip4tweens Web site talks to girls on their own terms
and aims to help them develop healthy attitudes about food and their bodies.
This is especially important given the current nutritional status of girls
nationwide. Almost no teen girls (0.6%) meet the nutritional guidelines
of the Food Guide Pyramid, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The entire zip4tweens Web site is built on a single premise:
It's important for girls to feel good about themselves and confident about
what they can accomplish both physically and mentally. Our daughters need
to hear positive messages about self image and food, with less focus on
being "skinny" and more emphasis on being healthy and fit.
Yes, this Web site is sponsored by America's Beef Producers. This is clearly
and prominently stated on the home page, and throughout the site. Beef provides
many nutrients, including zinc, iron and protein, which are important to
growth, brain development and physical performance. These are nutrients
often deficient in girls' diets.
You may ask why beef producers in the U.S. would invest their hard-earned
funds to develop such a Web site - and I wondered that myself. I found the
answer on the Web site: "America's beef producers think that helping
girls during this important part of their development is the right thing
to do. Nutrition plays an important role in building a strong body and mind.
Girls need 40+ nutrients every day to grow, move and have fun. No one food
contains them all, so it's important to eat a wide variety of foods in order
to obtain enough of all nutrients. Zip4tweens reminds girls that
staying active and eating smart - from all the food groups - will help them
be the best they can be."
-- Dayle Hayes, MS RD
Nutrition expert and past board member of the American