Dedham Public Schools believes that nutrition education should be a part of the core curriculum. According to the district’s wellness policy, the goal of nutrition education is to give students knowledge and the tools they will need to select foods that promote a healthy lifestyle. To support this goal, Framingham State University (FSU) interns from the Coordinated Program in Dietetics taught fourth graders at Oakdale Elementary School about the importance of eating healthy snacks.
To introduce the topic, students were asked to think about their favorite athlete, and to think about what he/she eats in order to get ready for practice or a game. Students then described which foods support health and performance and which foods do not. All content was connected back to the students needing healthy foods to help them be successful in the classroom and on the playground. A discussion of MyPlate and the five food groups built the basis for understanding how to build a healthy snack.
On the left, the student made “The Birthday Smoothie”. On the right, this student simply put together grapes and cheese.
For an activity, students created their own healthy snacks using at least two components of MyPlate. Students enthusiastically created original snacks by drawing and naming them. Then students described the ingredients, explained how to make their snack, and came up with a marketing pitch or slogan to get consumers to want to buy their snacks. To conclude the lesson, students eagerly shared their creations with the rest of the class!
For more resources on school wellness policies and ideas for lessons and educational materials for a variety nutrition-related health topics, visit the John C. Stalker (JSI) Resource Center and the Wellness Solution for MA websites.
Submitted by: Erin Anseth, FSU Graduate Food and Nutrition Student, Coordinated Program in Dietetics.
Andover Public School’s Wellness Policy emphasizes the importance of student health and describes the district’s detailed efforts to focus on wellness. To further enhance health and wellness education, the high school’s school nutrition program partnered with dietetic students in Framingham State University’s Food and Nutrition Coordinated Program. The students presented multiple lessons to middle school and high school students that focused on the importance of nutrition and physical activity. This semester, Framingham State University Dietetic Undergraduate Student Victoria Hoover helped high school students visualize the amount of sugar in common beverages in the “Rethink Your Drink!” lesson.
FSU Dietetic Intern, Victoria Hoover, leading a “Rethink Your Drink” training for Andover High School students.
The Andover High School 9th grade health class used the nutrition facts label and worked in groups to calculate the amount of sugar, in teaspoons, in beverages like sports drinks, sodas, iced tea, chocolate milk and 100% fruit juice. The groups then filled the bottles with the correct amount of sugar and presented them at the front of the classroom.
When the activity was complete, students were taught about each drink, compared it to a bag containing the recommended amount of daily added sugar and determined if each beverage was a healthy choice or not. The students then learned about the health problems related to consuming an excess of added sugars and received suggestions for healthier drink choices. Students were given handouts to bring home to remind them to rethink their drink!
American Heart Association infographic, “Sip Smarter.”
For additional resources on sugar solutions for schools visit the JSI Resource Center for information and lesson plans on sugar, added sugar, and artificial sweeteners.
Submitted by: Victoria Hoover, Framingham State University Food and Nutrition Student, Coordinated Program in Dietetics
Framingham State University dietetic intern Ashley Petrie presenting Fuel Up with Breakfast at Hanover High School.
On Monday, November 27, 2017, Framingham State University dietetic intern Ashley Petrie presented Fuel Up with Breakfast to the ninth and tenth grade students at Hanover High School. The interactive lesson covered the importance of eating breakfast every day and the basics of how to build a healthy, well-balanced breakfast. Participants learned aboutwhy teens should eat breakfast every day, how to create their own well-balanced breakfast using MyPlate, and how to find healthy breakfast recipes online using non-traditional breakfast ingredients.
The interns from the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Framingham State University have a unique opportunity to promote the nutrition education efforts of their assigned school districts. Hanover Public School’s Wellness Policy recognizes the role that nutrition education plays in the development of good lifelong health habits by their students. The collaborative effort between Hanover High School’s Physical Education/Wellness Department and FSU dietetic intern Ashley Petrie brought the ninth and tenth grade students a much needed lesson on healthy breakfast habits.
To learn more about how to create a healthy, well-balanced breakfast, check out MyPlate and the JSI Resource Center. Additionally, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides important information on why teens should be eating breakfast every day.
Submitted by: Ashley Petrie, FSU Food and Nutrition Student, Coordinated Program in Dietetics.
FSU Dietetics intern, Jane Minton, educated the Milton High School Boys Soccer Team about how to fuel their sports performance.
Milton Public Schools Wellness Policy acknowledges the district’s responsibility to protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity. The district promotes healthy eating and regular exercise, which is linked to reduced risk of the development of many chronic diseases. The Foodservice and Athletic departments of Milton Public Schools teamed up with Framingham State University’s Food and Nutrition Coordinated Program to provide nutrition education to their students. Framingham State University Dietetic Undergraduate Student Jane Minton educated the Milton High School Boys Soccer Team about how to fuel their sports performance. Student-athletes learned the importance of proper nutrition and hydration before, during, and after sports activity.
The Boys Soccer Team came up with some great ideas to fuel up before the game, refuel their bodies after the game, and hydrate throughout the day.
The student-athletes were able to test their knowledge about sports nutrition before the presentation and again after the presentation. Many were surprised about how much they “thought” they knew.
The Boys Soccer Team can now use the knowledge they learned from the dietetic students to properly fuel their sports performance and excel on and off the field!
The sports nutrition information was gathered from the Milton Public Schools Website under Nutrition and Fitness. The Milton Public Schools’ Website is a great resource for parents, students, athletes, and teachers.
If you are looking for more ways to incorporate nutrition into classroom lessons to help students make decisions to benefit their well-being, visit the lessons category in the JSI Resource Center hosted by The John C. Stalker Institute for Food and Nutrition.
Submitted by: Jane Minton, Undergraduate Student in the FSU Coordinated Program in Dietetics