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Watertown Public School Students Learn About the Five Food Groups and MyPlate

Watertown Public Schools is committed to the optimal development of every student. Therefore, the district works toward ensuring that each student has access to healthful foods, physical activity, adequate hydration, and quality nutrition education to help them develop lifelong healthful eating habits.

To further provide quality nutrition education, Watertown Public Schools has partnered with Framingham State University Coordinated Program in Dietetics. On Monday, April 8th, the students of Lowell Elementary extended day program welcomed student dietitian Samantha Manero to discuss the five food groups and MyPlate.

Figure 1: Framingham State University student dietitian Samantha Manero educating second graders at Lowell Elementary School about the five food groups and MyPlate

Framingham State University student dietitian Samantha Manero educating second graders at Lowell Elementary School about the five food groups and MyPlate

The second-grade students gathered on the carpet in front of a large white board. The lesson began with a song, “Alive With Five Groups,” and the students were instructed to listen carefully and report back with the five groups once the song ended. Samantha then led a discussion regarding each group and the nutrients that each group provides. The students then went around in a circle giving examples of their favorite foods and the group worked together to determine which parts of each food fell into each food group, or section of MyPlate. By the end of the lesson, each student understood which food group most foods belong to.

Samantha has helped to implement the nutrition education aspect of Watertown Public School’s Wellness Policy by providing age appropriate lessons regarding food and nutrition. A great deal of nutrition resources and lesson plans are available at The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition Resource Center for students and educators to utilize.

Submitted by: Samantha Manero, FSU Graduate 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.

Milton Public Schools Race to Healthy Eating with MyPlate

Milton Public Schools (MPS) view nutrition education as an important component to student learning. As outlined in the school’s wellness policy, nutrition education is designed to foster lifelong healthy eating behaviors and to reduce incidence of obesity.  One way the school incorporates nutrition education is through a partnership with Framingham State University’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics.  Dietetic interns design and teach a variety of nutrition classes to elementary, middle and high school students.  In an effort to start all students off with a strong nutrition foundation, dietetic interns teach all MPS third grade students the MyPlate basics.

Katie Badger, Graduate Student in the FSU Coordinated Program in Dietetics educating students about MyPlate.

This spring, Framingham State University Dietetic Graduate Student Katie Badger, introduced third graders at Collicot and Cunningham Elementary School to MyPlate through a lesson called MyPlate – A Race to Healthy Eating. Launched with a dance party to the “Alive with Five” song, the interactive lesson plan highlighted the importance of physical activity.  A PowerPoint presentation provided visuals for the students as they learned about the benefit of each food group.  As students eagerly shared their favorite foods from each group, a list was generated on the blank MyPlate poster shown here. Students then demonstrated what they had learned during a team relay.  Using a plate and laminated food and exercise pictures, each team raced to assemble a complete meal, including a form of exercise. This fun and interactive nutrition lesson taught students the importance of eating food from all five food groups and highlighted the importance of being active for at least 60 minutes every day. 

Nutrition education lessons can take on many forms and be adapted for any age group. But there is no need to reinvent the wheel.  A variety of lesson plans, handouts and other nutrition resources are available on the The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition website.

Submitted by: Katie Badger, Graduate Student in the FSU Coordinated Program in Dietetics