Providing students at Dedham Public Schools with nutrition education “to select a diet that supports health and reduces risk of illness and future chronic diseases” is a critical component of their wellness policy. To help achieve this goal, the district works closely with Framingham State University’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics to have interns bring nutrition focused learning into the classroom.
Graduate Student Dietetic Interns, Jesse Busa and Erin Anseth collaboratively presented “Taste the Rainbow” to first and second graders at the Avery Middle School throughout the month of November 2017. The focus of the lesson was to convey simple health benefits associated with each color of fruits and vegetables in addition to the role of nutrients and diet variety.
The students then used the information they learned as well as their drawing and writing skills to make their own book. The lesson ended with a quick game of fruit and vegetable freeze tag testing their ability to recall the names of different colored fruits and vegetables.
Want to bring more nutrition programs into the classroom? The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition at Framingham State University has created lesson plans for grades K-12 – check it out! For information on school wellness initiatives and policies click here, and for other nutrition education resources please visit the JSI Resource Center.
Submitted by: Jesse Busa, Graduate Student in the FSU Coordinated Program in Dietetics