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.