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We love the chatter that goes on between students and teachers about our character lessons at school. What can we do to serve people more? What words can we use to amplify others? And as much fun as it is to listen to these in-school discussions, it’s even more fun when we hear that families bring up our character lessons at home—especially around the dinner table.

We thought we’d give our families another healthy way to approach dinner conversation and the meal.

Here are some suggested conversation starters and healthy food pairings that go along with the color for each character lesson from our partners at the Together Counts™ program. So, while your family is discussing how they can “Listen for Feedback” (orange), everyone can enjoy a slice of cantaloupe!

Check out these great healthy and delicious fruit options:

Play Hard


1.   Strawberries (“Play Hard”) – This deliciously sweet fruit is among the best source of vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium. After your family “plays hard” with a game of tag or front yard football, grab a handful of these for a refreshing snack!

Conversation Starter: “What are fun ways our family can exercise together?”


Listen for feedback.

2.   Cantaloupe, (“Listen for Feedback”) – Cantaloupe is an excellent source of vitamin C and E, perfect for a delicious and nutritious boost of energy in your day!

Conversation Starter: “What’s one interesting thing you learned today that you would have missed if you weren’t listening? Are you glad you listened and learned?"

Amplify others!


3.   Banana (“Amplify Others”) - Bananas are full of potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and fiber! Eat these whole, cut into slices in a fruit salad, or even in a fun lunch, like a peanut butter and banana sandwich.

Conversation Starter: “Let’s go around the table and tell each family member one reason we think they’re awesome. I’ll start…”

Plus in to serve.


 4.   Blueberries (“Plug in to Serve”) Packed with fiber and antioxidants, these berries are a great treat by themselves, served over oatmeal or ice cream, or even mixed into a smoothie.

Conversation Starter: “Our family is going to serve others this month. Let’s think of some people or organizations we can help! Who has an idea?"

Thank your Crowd


5.   Kiwi (“Thank your Crowd”) – This sweet and tangy fruit is packed with potassium and rich in vitamin C and E! With summer days approaching, this is a great, cool fruit for the whole family to enjoy!

Conversation Starter: “Let’s grab a paper and pens and each write a thank you note to someone who means a lot to us. Decorate the cards however you like, and then we’ll head to the post office to mail them off!”


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