Monthly Archives: December 2019

Watertown Elementary School Students Learn About MyPlate and the Five Food Groups

Watertown Public Schools is dedicated to students’ health, well-being, and their ability to learn, as described on their school nutrition program webpage. Their mission is to provide high-quality, low-cost meals to their students and to make sure the students have access to both healthy meals and proper nutrition education. It is emphasized in the district’s Wellness Policy that children need healthy meals to learn. On December 2nd, 2019, Watertown Public Schools teamed up with Framingham State University’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics and invited student dietitian, Jocelyn Garanito, to teach 2nd grade students about the five food groups.

FSU student dietitian, Jocelyn Garanito, teaches Watertown 2nd graders about MyPlate.

FSU student dietitian, Jocelyn Garanito, teaches Watertown 2nd graders about MyPlate.

During this lesson, the students learned about the five food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy). Students were taught which designated group different foods belonged to and how to incorporate all five food groups into each meal. The students also participated in a fun activity called Musical Food Groups. During this activity, the names of the five food groups were posted up around the classroom. The students were then each assigned a food that belonged to one of the five groups. The students danced around to music and when the music stopped, they were told to find  the food group to which their food belonged. Once the students did this successfully, they made a meal with their peers who had foods belonging to the other four food groups.

To explore more resources that can be implemented into school lesson plans, please visit The John. C Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition  resource center.

Submitted by: Jocelyn Garanito, FSU Food and Nutrition Student Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Students at Hanover High School Learn the Pitfalls of Fad Diets

Hanover High School reinforces the district’s wellness policy commitment to nutrition education and providing lessons in lifelong health through its partnership with Framingham State University’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics. On November 25, 2019, graduate student dietitian Kristin Ellis worked with the Hanover Public Schools nutrition program and provided a lesson on the dangers of consuming caloric- and nutrient-restrictive diets and educated students on the benefits of following balanced meals consistent with the MyPlate guidelines.

This is an image of one of the slides used to help educate Hanover High students about the variety of fad diets throughout the years.

Using a PowerPoint timeline that explored diet theories beginning in the early 1900’s, Kristin provided a historical perspective complete with nutrition information that outlined the nutrient and caloric needs of students at their current age and stage and the importance of a balanced diet for overall health. The lesson explored the dangers of insufficient calories and nutrients and the effect it has on each part of the body, appealing to students by including impacts on overall health, as well as, the impact diet has on healthy skin and hair.

As part of the lesson, students researched one popular current fad diet and reported on the diet’s potential dangers and long-term negative impact. Using this strategy, coupled with a jeopardy game, students displayed active learning and increased overall knowledge of nutrient needs and the value of a life-long commitment to balanced eating.

Additional information about school nutrition lesson planning can be found at The John C. Stalker Institute Resource Center.

Submitted by: Kristin Ellis, FSU Graduate Food and Nutrition Student in The Coordinated Program in Dietetics.

Watertown Public School Elementary Students Learn About the Five Food Groups and MyPlate

Watertown Public Schools are committed to the optimal development of every student. The Food Service Department and faculty work hard to ensure students are provided quality nutrition education in school-age years to reinforce lifelong healthy eating habits that contribute to a student’s overall well-being.

FSU student dietitian Kelly Lucke teaching students about MyPlate and the five food groups.

FSU student dietitian Kelly Lucke teaching students about MyPlate and the five food groups.

It is part of the goal of Watertown’s Wellness Policy to gear health education toward personal behaviors and habits, to resist peer and wider pressures to make unhealthy choices, and to emphasize learning and practicing skills students need for healthy living.

In making these wellness policy goals a reality, Watertown has partnered with Framingham State University and their Coordinated Program in Dietetics to provide nutrition education to their students.

On December 2, 2019, student dietitian Kelly Lucke taught second grade students at Watertown Elementary about MyPlate and the importance of incorporating all five food groups into their diets through a lesson titled Fun with Food Groups. In the lesson, students danced to a catchy song, Alive with Five, while each holding a picture of a different food. When the music stopped, students had fun figuring out what food group their card belonged to with the 5 categories from MyPlate posted throughout the room.

By the end of the lesson, all of the students were able to make a breakfast, lunch, and dinner that included each of the five food groups. Students also enjoyed sharing details of their favorite snack in each of the categories!

To explore more resources regarding nutrition education and other interesting lesson plans to implement in your school, please visit The John C. Stalker Institute resource center.

Submitted by: Kelly Lucke, FSU Graduate Food and Nutrition Student in the Coordinated Program in dietetics.

Dedham High School Students Bust Common Nutrition Myths!

Framingham State University student dietitian Mollie Socha educated sophomores at Dedham High School on how to debunk common nutrition myths.

The Dedham Public School District is committed to promoting lifelong health, well-being, and the ability to learn by encouraging healthy eating and physical activity through implementation of their Wellness Policy. This commitment is executed by serving balanced meals and executing nutrition education throughout the school district. Nutrition education provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to eat a balanced diet and reduce the possibility of illness and chronic diseases. It is also an essential part of the district’s nutrition program.

On November 19, 2019, Framingham State University student dietitian Mollie Socha spent time with sophomore students at Dedham High School. She talked about the differences between nutrition facts and myths. The majority of the time was spent reviewing common nutrition information that was created and spread to be common knowledge. Students were quizzed on whether the nutrition statements were true or false. Following the quiz, the students reviewed the validity of each statement and discussed the logic behind the correct answer. Mollie also educated on how to find credible nutrition information. All of the students were surprised to find out how much misinformation is out there!

For more information on how to implement nutrition education into the wellness policy in your school district, check out Wellness Solution for MA.

Submitted by: Mollie Socha, FSU Graduate Food and Nutrition Student in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Milton High School Students Learn How to Fill Up on Fiber

On November 18th, 2019, Framingham State University student Nicole Nyerick taught 9-12th grade culinary arts students at Milton High School all about the importance of fiber.

Students worked together to come up with strategies on how to increase the total amount of fiber throughout a day’s worth of meals.

Milton’s Nutrition Services is dedicated to promoting healthy habits and lifelong nutrition practices to students. As stated in Milton’s Wellness Policy, the district supports a healthy environment where children learn about and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices, and discourages practices that promote unhealthy activities and messages. Through Framingham State’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics, student dietitians like Nicole are able to visit multiple schools within the district in order to provide the nutrition education that is required to achieve the goals of Milton’s policy.

During the “Fill Up on Fiber” lesson, students learned about the different types of fiber, the health benefits of eating fiber, and ways to increase fiber consumption. Students tested their knowledge with a game of Fiber Jeopardy and recognized ways to increase the amount of fiber in an individual’s typical diet by viewing a model diet recall.

The Double Chocolate Oat Bites were sampled by students to unify the lesson with real life healthy practices.

The students’ favorite part of the lesson was when they tried a sample of Double Chocolate Oat Bites. Each student learned about and enjoyed a high fiber snack that was simple to make and eat at home. Students also took home a recipe handout for the Oat Bites which included useful fiber tips.

To discover more useful lesson plans and interactive ways to incorporate nutrition education in the classroom, visit The John C. Stalker Institute’s Resource Center.

Submitted by: Nicole Nyerick, FSU Food and Nutrition Student in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics