Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a fee with participating with the Kid’s Food Journal website?

No. Teachers and parents anywhere may individually use both the online and paper versions of the Kid’s Food Journal website at no charge and without advertising, regardless of the number of children registered with the site.

Our school would like to participate and track the food that our students eat. May we register multiple teachers with your service?

Yes! Please contact us to register as a Group and we’ll provide you with a code for each teacher to use when registering with the Kid’s Food Journal.

Who receives the data on the food and water consumption of each child?

Teachers who register a particular class of students will receive a monthly email report for each child participating in our service from their class. The email report will display a "badge number” per child that represents the number of days each child ate and drank their daily recommended amounts of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and water.

Parents who register one or more children will also receive a monthly email report for each child with more detail concerning the number and types of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and water consumed on each day of the month. Only the parents receive a detailed report on each child.

If a school system participates with our service, a designated "coordinator” from the district will receive a monthly email report pertaining to each class participating with the service from their school system, which will display the monthly total number of daily stars each class received, and the number and types of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and water consumed by the class as a whole.

How will your service help to encourage children to eat healthier?

Children learn by repetition, encouragement, and incentives. The Kid’s Food Journal enables both teachers and parents (the two groups of adults mainly in a child’s life) to teach a child how to login to a computer (or use a paper version of our tracking system), and track their food from breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, and earn smiley stars for eating and drinking their daily recommended amounts of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and water. Even if a few days are missed occasionally, the repetition of the child tracking their food and water will instill in the child a healthy eating pattern over time (thereby creating a healthy habit that may carry on to adult life) and encourage the child to eat more of these items and add a variety of healthy foods to their diet.

An incentive program may be created in both the classroom and at home to further encourage the children to eat healthy and track their food and water each month and over an extended period of time. The Kid’s Food Journal website has created a series of badges and a certificate of wellness that both teachers and parents may print out for each child and display in the classroom or on a refrigerator at home to provide an incentive for each child, and may be further used by teachers and parents as a "reward system” based on the monthly badge numbers.

What are the paper journals?

The Kid’s Food Journal paper versions are available for both teachers and parents to use for any reason in lieu of the online version, especially if access to the Internet is limited either in class or at home.

Teachers may print out the paper journals and add them to each student’s activity folder on Mondays for a full week of tracking their food and water, and may be taken home on Fridays to track food and water consumption during the weekends and returned to the teacher on Monday mornings. At the end of the month, the teacher may have each student count their earned smiley stars from each paper journal to receive a badge number that equals the number of smiley stars they earned throughout the month. The students may then paste the badge to their certificate during a brief "wellness ceremony”.

Parents may print out the paper journals and display them on a refrigerator and have the child track their servings of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and water after each meal or in the evenings before they go to bed. This is also a great way for parents to review what their child has eaten for the day and have the child finish off a fruit or other category during dinner so that they eat and drink their complete daily recommended amounts of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and water. Parents may create their own incentive program based on either the daily smiley stars or monthly badge numbers to further encourage their child to eat more of a particular fruit or vegetable, or to try a "new food" for tracking on their journal. The completed journals may even become a potential item for a scrapbook!

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