It is never too early to promote health and wellness! Worcester Public Schools takes on this philosophy with its nutrition and physical activity beginning as early as kindergarten.
As a part of the Massachusetts Farm to School Project Kindergarten Initiative, FSU Food and Nutrition intern Megan Rohr presented a lesson called “Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Gregory” to a kindergarten class at Worcester’s Belmont Street Community School on March 31, 2014. Through this lesson, kindergarten students were able to learn and practice hands on how to build healthy, well-balanced meals using principles of USDA’s MyPlate. After reading the popular children’s book Gregory the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat, students found images of healthy foods from grocery store flyers and created a healthy meal to feed to a three-dimensional image of Gregory the Goat. Within this lesson, discussions focused on healthy eating, the MyPlate food groups and importance of eating healthy.
Worcester Public Schools is an excellent example of designing and implementing a successful and well-rounded wellness policy. With a strong emphasis on nutrition, Worcester Public Schools is dedicated towards promoting healthy lifestyles. Students of all grades are actively involved in nutrition-related initiatives such as food tastings, farm visits and school gardens.
For more resources on wellness policies and ways to incorporate nutrition education at your school, visit the School Wellness Initiative and Policies page at the JSI Resource Center and the Wellness Solution for Massachusetts website.
~ blog provided by Megan Rohr, FSU Food and Nutrition Student