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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.

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

Milton Public School Students Learn About MyPlate

Milton Public Schools are committed to incorporating nutrition education into their comprehensive health education curriculum in order to foster lifelong healthy eating behaviors into their students. The Wellness Policy reflects their strong efforts to ensuring that the schools are encouraging healthy nutrition habits and the promotion of daily physical activity.

Sara Evans educates Glover Elementary students about the 5 food groups.

Framingham State University student dietitian Sara Evans educated the Glover elementary students about the five food groups and MyPlate.

In furthering nutrition education at Milton Public Schools, Framingham State University Coordinated Program in Dietetics student dietitian visited the schools to educate the students on nutrition. On Monday, November 19th Glover Elementary welcomed Framingham State University student dietitian Sara Evans to discuss MyPlate.

The “MyPlate, Myself” presentation to the third-grade classes focused on the five food groups and how to build a healthy plate.

The students reassembled a Velcro MyPlate poster, correctly placing each food group in its designated spot, as well as placing various foods into the appropriate food groups on a separate poster. Students were then able to color in their own MyPlate and write down their two favorite foods from each food group. The students were eager to learn and participate during the presentation and expressed their increased knowledge of MyPlate and the five food groups.

For more information regarding nutrition education and amazing education resources visit The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition at Framingham State University and the JSI resource center.

Submitted by: Sara Evans Framingham State University Graduate Food and Nutrition Student.