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Frequently Asked Questions

21-Day Challenge Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What is the 21-Day Challenge?

    The 21-Day Challenge encourages you to make healthier snack choices for the next 21 days. Every day, prepare and eat a healthy snack that contains a fruit or veggie. Choose a recipe from this book, use our Healthy Snack Finder tool to search our database of over 400 recipes or make your own creation that contains 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable.

    We encourage you and your family to participate together and share in the fun!

  2. What is kids teaching kidssm?

    The kids teaching kidssm educates and engages students in better nutrition. Registered Dietitians work with high school culinary students to create a recipe book for elementary school students full of healthy, flavorful snacks featuring fruits and vegetables.

  3. How do I register to take the challenge?

    Parents may register their child(ren) by visiting the website kids-teaching-kids.com. Click on “Sign-Up”. Choose the box “Sign-Up a Student”. Simply follow the directions to register. You will receive a unique 8-digit registration code when you sign-up. Please write your Secret Code on the Snacking Log found on page 45 in the recipe book.

  4. Why does a parent/guardian have to sign-up their child?

    You must be 18 years or older to fill out the form and leave an email address. Medical City Children’s Hospital only communicates with adults through the email address you provide. The information you give at registration is only used to communicate to your school that your child has registered and again to compare your child’s responses to the final survey questions.

  5. If the ingredients in the book don’t match up to the ingredients I have in my house, do I have to make a special food purchase?

    No. We developed a tool on our website called “Healthy Snack Finder." You can use the Healthy Snack Finder to search for snacks, from our database of over 400 recipes, that match the ingredients you have on hand in your pantry or refrigerator. You may also create your own healthy snack (see guidelines for a healthy snack, listed below).

  6. What if I miss a day in the 21-Day Challenge?

    It is ok to miss a day. Though, during the 21-Day Challenge we would like for you to think ahead and plan your snack each day, even on weekends. Remember you can make and enjoy your snack anytime of the day.

  7. How do I take the survey?

    Two weeks after you finish the challenge, we will send you an email link to the survey along with your Secret Code. You will receive separate emails for each child that you registered. You will enter the unique code on the survey form. This is also how we ensure your child receives his/her prize after completing the final survey.

  8. During the 21-Day Challenge, do I have to make EVERY snack from the book I have?

    No. We understand there may be issues with food allergies, availability of ingredients, etc.

  9. What are the guidelines for a Healthy Snack?

    Below are the guidelines for your healthy snack. Don’t forget to check your portion size!

    • 200 calories or less
    • 7 g of fat or less
    • 2 g of sat fat or less
    • 2 g of fiber or more!
    • 15 g of sugar or less
    • Must contain a minimum of ½ cup fruit or vegetable per serving
  10. Can parents and teachers sign-up to take the challenge too?

    Yes. Visit the sign-up page at www.kids-teaching-kids.com. Be sure to select the box that says “Sign-Up an Adult” then follow the directions to register. You may download the recipe book for free and utilize the Healthy Snack Finder as well. Be sure to take the final survey when it is time. However, we only give awards to elementary students enrolled in public schools.

  11. What if I have questions about the 21-Day Challenge?

    Contact your PE Teacher.