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Bartlett High School Students Learn About Added Sugars in Their Favorite Beverages!

Webster Public Schools is dedicated to providing their high school students with the appropriate nutrition knowledge to help form lifelong healthy habits. Their interest and support in educating students with the knowledge to make informed decisions about their eating and exercise habits has helped to establish a community focused on the overall health and well-being of their students. To further the promotion of their health and wellness policy, Webster Public Schools has partnered with Framingham State University’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics to provide nutrition education specifically designed to meet the needs of their students. This fall, graduate student dietitian, Lauren Mansir presented on the amount of added sugar found in commercial beverages with a lesson titled, “Rethink Your Drink!” to senior high school students. Students learned about the risks of too much added sugar in their diet, and how to make healthy choices when choosing a beverage.

Lauren Mansir teaching students about added sugars in beverages and their effects.

FSU Student Dietitian, Lauren Mansir, teaching students about added sugars in sweetened beverages and their current and long-term effects on health.

Students became “sugar sleuths” by investigating the amount of added sugar in common commercial beverages and learned how to read the ingredient list and the nutrition facts label. During the presentation, students actively participated in discussions about how excess sugar in the diet can lead to the development of diseases like cardiovascular disease and diabetes, while also learning to consume their favorite sugary beverages in moderation. A blind taste test was performed by having students taste two infused waters with no added sugar (Strawberry Lemonade and Blueberry Orange) compared to the same flavor of a commonly consumed sports drink containing added sugar to show that natural sweetness is just as sweet and sometimes sweeter! By the end of the lesson, students were excited to share their knowledge with friends and family, and try new infused water recipes on their own!

For more information regarding added sugars and for more health promotion resources, please visit The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition’s Resource Center.

Submitted By: Lauren Mansir, Food and Nutrition Student in the FSU Coordinated Program in Dietetics.

Webster Elementary School Students Rethink Their Drinks

The Webster Public School district is committed to promoting and protecting children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. To help support this goal, Framingham State University (FSU) dietetic intern, Karen O’Hare, presented Rethink Your Drink! to the third and fourth graders at Park Ave Elementary School in March and

FSU dietetic intern, Karen O’Hare (right), leading a Rethink Your Drink! lesson for Park Ave Elementary School students.

April 2018. This interactive lesson helped students visualize the amount of sugar in common sugar-sweetened beverages.

The third and fourth grade gym classes learned the difference between natural and added sugars, how to locate sugar on the nutrition facts label, and how to calculate the amount of sugar, in teaspoons, in a beverage. Then, students worked in groups to determine the amount of sugar in beverages such as chocolate milk, sweetened iced tea, soda, sports drinks, fruit drinks, and energy drinks.

Once the activity was complete, the groups shared their findings with the class. The students were surprised to learn that some of their favorite beverages far exceed the amount of added sugar recommended for children. For example, a 20-ounce bottle of a popular lemonade drink has 17 teaspoons of sugar compared to the American Heart Association’s (AHA) recommendation that children should limit added sugar to 6 teaspoons per day!

AHA infographic, “Healthy Kids are Sweet Enough.”

For more resources on sugar solutions for schools, visit the JSI Resource Center for additional information and lesson plans on sugar, added sugar, and artificial sweeteners.

Submitted by: Karen O’Hare,  FSU Graduate Food and Nutrition Student, Coordinated Program in Dietetics.

Serving Up MyPlate at Webster Public Schools

FSU Student Dietitian, Tori Leger, leading the “Serving Up MyPlate” lesson to fourth graders at Park Avenue Elementary School.

The Webster Public School District is dedicated to promoting the overall health and well-being of their K-12 students, particularly by supporting the development and maintenance of healthy eating and exercise habits. To further teach, encourage, and foster balanced nutrition and physical activity among students, Webster Public Schools have teamed up with Framingham State University’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Through this partnership, student dietitians develop and implement nutrition education lessons based on the interests and needs of Webster Public School students.

During the months of March and April 2018, Graduate Student Dietitian Tori Leger presented “Serving Up MyPlate” to fourth grade students at Park Avenue Elementary School. Students learned about the five main food groups, contents of each food group, and the importance of combining foods from all five food groups to create healthy, balanced meals that contain a variety of nutrients.

Students were provided with paper plates and colored pencils, and were encouraged to draw their own MyPlate. During this interactive coloring activity, students brainstormed foods that could fit into the five food groups and discussed how a complete meal could be created from these food items.  In addition, the composition of school lunch was discussed in terms of the MyPlate model to expand understanding of current dietary recommendations. Students were encouraged to try and incorporate at least three of the five food groups into each meal to get a variety of beneficial nutrients every day. By the end of the lesson, the students were excited to take their drawings home and begin practicing the MyPlate method!

To learn more about incorporating nutrition education into the classroom for K-12 students, visit The John Stalker Institute Resource Center.

Submitted by: Tori Leger, Graduate Student Dietitian, Framingham State University Coordinated Program in Dietetics