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Dedham High School Students Learn the Facts on Fad Diets

Dedham Public Schools is committed to students’ health, well-being and their ability to learn by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices. Nutrition education and resources are provided by Dedham Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services, including recipes, nutrition information for students and parents, and the district’s wellness policy.

On November 18, 2019, Framingham State University student dietitian Carly Gaffney helped the district further promote nutrition education in the classroom by teaching a nutrition lesson to 10th grade students at Dedham High School.

Carly led students through a lesson about Fad Diets, explaining the dangers of following different fad diets and how they may impact health. Students were taught how to identify a fad diet and why these diets do not support a healthy lifestyle. Through independent research, students also discovered potential side effects of following a fad diet. Carly then guided students through the importance of following a balanced diet by utilizing MyPlate and students were given further recommendations and resources to support adolescent health.

For additional nutrition education resources, visit The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition Resource Center.

Timing Meals for Athletic Performance at Hanover High School

The Hanover Public School District recognizes that wellness and proper nutrition are related to students’ physical well-being, growth, development, and achievement. As stated in Hanover’s Wellness Policy, the goal of nutrition education is to teach, encourage and support healthy eating by students. Promoting student health and nutrition enhances readiness for learning and increases student achievement.

Handout student athletes were able to take home

Handout student athletes were able to take home

This fall, students at Hanover High School were able to choose certain nutrition topics they wanted to learn more about and sports nutrition was selected. On November 18th, 2019, Framingham State University student dietitian Lauren Burkley taught 9-12th grade physical education students how to maximize physical performance through food. During the “Sports Nutrition” lesson, student athletes from a wide range of sports learned the importance of fueling for physical activity, how timing of meals impacts performance, and the proper way to stay hydrated. While the majority of the lesson was geared towards athletes, all students benefitted from discussing the principles of MyPlate, and healthier food choices. Students tested their knowledge in a game of Jeopardy and came up with specific snacks and meals to help get the physical results they desire.

Through Framingham State’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics, student dietitians like Lauren are able to visit multiple schools within the districts of Massachusetts to provide nutrition education that meet each district’s wellness goals.

The Hanover Food Service webpage provides additional information to the district on nutrition and fitness for all audiences. Check out The John C. Stalker Institute’s Resource Center for more nutrition-based resources and lesson plans to incorporate in your school district.

Submitted by: Lauren Burkley, FSU Food and Nutrition Student in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Glover Elementary School Students Learn About MyPlate

Students learned about the health benefits of the five food groups using MyPlate.

The nutrition services department in the Milton Public Schools District is dedicated to increasing healthy habits and lifelong nutrition practices in their students.

Milton Public Schools Wellness Policy states that it strives to provide a healthy environment for learning about positive dietary and lifestyle practices, and discourages practices that promote unhealthy activities. Through the Framingham State Coordinated Program in Dietetics, student dietitians are able to visit multiple schools within the district in order to provide the nutrition education that is stipulated by the district’s wellness policy. On November 18, 2019, Ashley Llewellyn visited Glover Elementary School to teach 3rd grade students about MyPlate. During this Food Group Hustle lesson, the students learned the basic health benefits of each food group.

Students created healthy meals with at least three food groups!

They also learned how to utilize the portion sizes given on the MyPlate image in order to monitor their intake of each food group during mealtime. They did this by using images of different food items and as a group they made a balanced meal using the images they were given. It was emphasized that they do not need to have all five food groups at every meal, but that they should strive to have at least three especially fruits and vegetables.

For more information on how to educate children on MyPlate and the five food groups in schools, please visit the K-12 lesson page of the JSI Resource Center.

Submitted by: Ashley Llewellyn, FSU Food and Nutrition graduate student in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics.

Milton High Students Learn How to Spot Nutrition Myths and Fact-Check Claims

Milton’s Nutrition Services Department believes that encouraging healthy eating habits in the early years helps students grow and learn to their fullest potential, allowing them to go on and lead long healthy lives. Milton’s Wellness Policystates that Milton “commit[s] to using the most updated nutritional information available for instruction.” In an age where information is instantly and readily accessible and with the rise of social media, it is important that students learn how to identify credible resources and verify what they see and read.

Through Framingham State University’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics, student dietitians visit multiple schools throughout the district to further Milton’s wellness goals regarding nutrition education.  On December 5, 2019, student dietitian Shahira Orcel taught 9-12th grade culinary arts students at Milton High School the importance of questioning and fact checking nutrition claims using credible resources.

Find the Resource Kahoot Question assessing students ability to find a credible resource for nutrition related information.

During the “Busting Nutrition Myths” lesson, students learned how to identify nutrition myths by cueing in on too-good-to-be true statements, unqualified individuals claiming to be experts, and the shortcomings of fad diets that might be harmful to their health. Students tested their knowledge with a Bust a Myth Challenge and worked through a Fact Checking Scenario activity that described students like them navigating claims or looking for resources to help them make more healthful choices. The students’ favorite part of the lesson was the Kahoot Bust a Myth Challenge where they could compete against each other for the highest score by busting nutrition myths.

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

Submitted by Shahira Orcel, FSU Food and Nutrition Graduate Student in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics.