Excerpted from “Foods, Nutrition and Home Management Manual,” Home Economics Circular No. 1 (revised), published by the Government of the Province of British Colombia in 1951.

(This was my mother’s old home economics book.)

Rules for Healthy, Happy School Children

1. Eat food slowly and at regular intervals.

2. Eat cooked cereal with milk for breakfast frequently.

3. Drink 3 to 4 glasses of milk daily.

4. Drink 4 to 6 glasses of water daily.

5. Drink no tea or coffee until 20 years of age. (!)

6. Eat eggs three or four times a week, and meat not more than once a day.

7. Eat plenty of fruit.

8. Eat raw vegetables at least twice a week.

9. Eat daily a vegetable in addition to potatoes.

10. Eat milk desserts rather than pastry.

11. Eat very little candy. (Only after meals.)

12. Aid the digestion of food by doing the following: —

(1) Exercising two hours each day.

(2) Bathing at least twice a week.

(3) Keeping windows open at night.

(4) Sleeping as many hours as the following table indicates: —

Age                           Hours of Sleep

5 – 6                          13

6 – 8                          12

8 – 10                       11.5

10 – 12                     11

12 – 14                     10.5

14 – 16                     10

16 – 18                     9.5