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Stacy Middle School Students Learn About Protein, One of the Five Important Food Groups!

Milford Public Schools is dedicated to providing their middle school students with nutrition education and knowledge to help form lifelong healthy lifestyles. Their support and interest in providing students with the nutrition knowledge to make informed decisions about their health has allowed Milford Public Schools to create a community dedicated to the overall well-being of their students. To further promote the Milford Public School’s Wellness policy,  the school has

Jennifer Mansir teaches students about the importance of lean protein.

FSU Student Dietitian, Jennifer Mansir, teaching students about the importance of lean protein to help build strong bones, muscles, and skin.

partnered with Framingham State University and their Coordinated Program in Dietetics to provide appropriate nutrition education to their students.

Milford Public Schools welcomed student dietitian Jennifer Mansir to Stacy Middle School. Jennifer Mansir worked with sixth graders to discuss sources of protein, how protein fuels your body, and why it is important. For students, learning about protein and where it comes from is key to promoting a lifelong healthy lifestyle and diet. During the presentation, students actively participated by writing sources of protein on the white board, and later discussing how protein is found in an array of foods. Students were shocked to hear that some grains, beans, and lentils can contain a significant amount of protein. By the end of the lesson, students were able to provide a reason why protein is important for the body, list multiple sources of protein, and identify the sources of protein in their favorite foods!

Jennifer has helped to implement the Milford Public School’s Wellness Policy by teaching age appropriate content regarding healthy choices. There are a variety of resources for lesson plans available to students and educators at The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition resource center.

Submitted by: Jennifer Mansir FSU Graduate Food and Nutrition 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.

Healthy Choices, Healthy Lifestyles at Milford Public Schools

Milford Public Schools welcomed student dietitian Danielle Allen to Memorial Elementary School.  Danielle Allen worked with second graders to discuss how foods fuel your body and why physical activity is important. For students, learning about a healthy diet and the importance of physical activity is important to promote lifelong healthy lifestyles. They learned how to find a pulse on your neck and wrists. The students checked pulses while they were calm and sitting. Afterwards it was time to get moving! The students had fun imagining they were chasing a dog around the yard. When they finally caught the pretend dog, the students noticed how their heart was beating faster. They learned about how your heart has to work harder when you are active.  Children should keep their body moving for 60 minutes every day!

Danielle Allen demonstrates taking her pulse.

Students talked about how eating the right food is important in order to stay active. Students were excited to share some favorite fruits and vegetables.  By the end of the lesson, students were able to talk about why eating a healthy diet is important to keep your body moving.  Students listed fruits, vegetables, and protein as some fuel sources for your body.

Danielle has helped implement the Milford Public School’s Wellness policy by teaching age appropriate content regarding healthy choices. There are many resources for lesson plans for students available at the John Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition resource center. More information regarding nutrition for children is available at the Eatright.org’s children’s section.

Submitted by Danielle Allen, FSU Food and Nutrition Student, Coordinated Program in Dietetics