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Hanover High School Student Athletes Fuel Up with Nutrition Education

Hanover Public Schools believes that a sound athletic program is an integral part of education, and is committed to students’ participation in athletics and physical education.

Jennifer O'Brien provides performance nutrition education to 11th and 12th grade students at Hanover High School

FSU student dietitian, Jennifer O’Brien, provides performance nutrition education to 11th and 12th grade students at Hanover High School.

Hanover Public Schools Wellness Policy acknowledges that good health depends on the development of lifelong habits that promote student wellness and reduce obesity, which can be achieved through nutrition education and physical activity. In order to achieve these goals, the district collaborates with the Framingham State University Food and Nutrition Program to bring in nutrition interns who provide nutrition education on various topics, like sports and performance nutrition, to students.

USDA's "Give Me Energy" activity worksheet was used during Eat for Performance nutrition lesson.

“Give Me Energy” activity worksheet completed by students during the Eat for Performance nutrition lesson.

On November 26th, student dietitians, Jennifer O’Brien and Gabriella Musto, provided performance nutrition education to 11th and 12th grade student athletes as part of a newly offered wellness and lifestyle skills course. Students spent time learning about the importance of pre- and post-exercise nutrition, and the benefits to eating well for improved athletic performance.
During the presentation, students were asked to share healthy snack ideas aloud with classmates and participated in a fun, interactive Kahoot! style quiz to test their knowledge. At the end of the presentation students completed USDA’s “Give Me Energy!” activity, where they chose a week’s worth of healthy snacks that coincided with their chosen physical activity for the day. Students showed their enthusiasm and interest at the conclusion of the presentation during a brief nutrition question and answer period.

If you are interested in learning more on how you can help improve wellness and nutrition education in schools, please visit The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition at Framingham State University’s JSI Resource Center or USDA Team Nutrition for helpful tools and resources.

Submitted by: Jennifer O’Brien, Framingham State University Food and Nutrition Graduate Student, Coordinated Program in Dietetics.

Students at Milford Public Schools Learned to Make Healthier Fast Food Choices

Marissa Silver taught eighth grade students how to make healthier fast food choices.

FSU student dietitian, Marissa Silver, taught eighth grade students at Milford Public Schools how to make healthier fast food choices.

Milford Public Schools is dedicated to building a healthy school environment that supports wellness and nutrition. The district enforces their Wellness Policy by facilitating learning experiences that teach students healthy habits. On November 26th, Milford Public Schools teamed up with Framingham State University’s (FSU) Coordinated Program in Dietetics and invited Graduate student dietitian, Marissa Silver, to teach eighth grade students at Stacy Middle School how to make small changes to fast food purchases to minimize excess calories, sugar, saturated fat and sodium.Submitted by: Marissa Silver, FSU Graduate Food and Nutrition Student, Coordinated Program in Dietetics.

The lesson started with students learning about the recent federal mandate requiring chain restaurants, like fast food restaurants, to post calorie information in-store. Next, students learned about the general dietary recommendations for caloric intake, sodium, added sugar and saturated fat. This information provided students with reference numbers so they could see how fast food menus compared.

Nutrition information for popular fast food items were reviewed.

The class explored nutrition information for popular fast food items to learn how to minimize excess calories, sodium, sugar and saturated fat in their fast food order.

Students were then divided into groups and given pictures of popular fast food items with the corresponding nutrition information. Students ordered all items from highest to lowest in terms of calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar. Students discussed themes among the highest and lowest ranked items. Students noticed that higher value items were often fried or were larger in size.

Next, the class discussed simple ways they could modify a fast food order to make it healthier. Students suggested ordering a water versus a soda or choosing something grilled versus fried.

To conclude the lesson, students were reminded that even a small modification to a fast food selection can make a big difference.

For more information on improving nutrition education in schools, visit The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition’s Resource Center.

Submitted by: Marissa Silver, FSU Graduate Food and Nutrition Student, Coordinated Program in Dietetics.