Milton Public Schools is dedicated to raising the bar for student nutrition by building better menus that meet school nutrition guidelines and promote healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices. The Wellness Policy focuses on improving student health and sharing the message of nutrition and wellness among students and school constituents. In order to optimize nutrition education, the school’s Food Service Department has partnered with the Framingham State University Food and Nutrition Coordinated Program to have student dietitians provide nutrition education lessons to all Milton Public School students.
This fall, Framingham State University Dietetic Graduate Student, Alexandra Sanchez, introduced all third-graders at Glover and Tucker Elementary Schools to the five friendly fuels of MyPlate. Students learned about the importance of eating foods from the five food groups for optimal health.
Students explored the MyPlate food groups and healthy choices within each through fun, interactive activities including an “Alive with 5 Food Groups” song and a MyPlate hula hoop activity. After learning about the five friendly fuels through the song, students were given a food prop and asked to identify it and place it in the correct food group within a hula hoop MyPlate. Students also identified the five main food groups and one nutritious example from each, as well as planned a complete, balanced dinner using educational handouts such as the one shown here.
Students can use the information learned to identify the five MyPlate food groups and how to incorporate healthy choices from each into a well-balanced meal for optimal health and wellness.
Interested in including nutrition education lessons at your school? The John Stalker Institute is an excellent one-stop hub with lesson plans, handouts, and other nutrition resources from credible, knowledgeable sources to help meet the initiatives of your school’s wellness policy.
Submitted by: Alexandra Sanchez, Graduate Student in the FSU Coordinated Program in Dietetics