Milton Public Schools, in Milton, MA has an extensive Wellness Policy which includes the promotion of healthy nutrition habits and daily physical activity. In keeping with this goal, the district welcomes dietetic interns from Framingham State University’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics each semester. The interns share their nutrition knowledge with students at all levels across the district.
This spring, the Milton High School girl’s lacrosse and track and field teams benefitted from this alliance with a lesson entitled “Fuel Up for Top Performance in Athletics and Life.” During this lesson, Johanna Cohan, Framingham State graduate student, exposed the athletes to proper fueling techniques for top performance in games and meets.
The lesson allowed the girls to see how adequate fueling actually begins long before the event; typically, 24 hours prior, and doesn’t end until hours after the event. This fueling method sets athletes up with sufficient energy stores for their event and for the next day’s work out. During the lesson, the athletes brainstormed fueling strategies and a timeline to allow the entire group to learn some new ideas from their teammates.
Following the presentation, the athletes took part in a “Family Feud” style game, testing their sports fueling knowledge. Their competitive edge was on display, as they showed that they were on their way to proper fueling for athletics and life.
It’s easy to add nutrition education into your daily lesson plans. You can find success stories from teachers who have done so at the Wellness Solutions blog. There are many ideas to get you started at the John Stalker Institute website. Make fueling for life a priority in your classroom.
Submitted by: Johanna Cohan, FSU graduate Food and Nutrition student, Coordinated Program in Dietetics