WithAll’s Simple Guide for What to Say
WithAll’s Simple Guide for What to Say is the foundation of our What to Say initiative. We encourage every adult role model to use these principles as their home base when deciding what to say to a child related to food, body, and exercise.
Consistently choosing words and actions that flow from these principles, with and around kids that look up to you, gives kids a foundation of lifelong health and wellbeing related to food, body, and exercise.
The principles are:
- No child should be singled out as a “special case” needing more attention related to food, body, or exercise.
- Health and wellbeing are the goals, not a certain weight, size, or BMI.
- Our value as a human being does not come from appearance, size, weight, or BMI.
- Food provides the nourishment and nutrition our bodies need to be healthy, and food is also about community, traditions, and celebration.
- Food choices are not moral issues (i.e., “clean,” “junk,” “bad,” etc.). It’s just food.
- Exercise—movement—is critical to emotional and physical wellness and overall wellbeing. Its value is not in controlling weight, size, or shape.
- You aren’t always going to get it right wit the kids that look up to you. And that’s okay.
By signing our What to Say pledge, you’ll unlock access to complete articles about each principle that include the principle, why it matters, practical applications, and more. These articles will give simple tools to make easy behavior changes that have a positive impact on the kids in your life.