Framingham Public School is dedicated to providing nutritious healthy meals that meet school nutrition guidelines and promote healthy habits for continued lifelong nutrition and fitness
practices. The Wellness Policy focuses on improving student health and sharing the message of nutrition and wellness among students and teachers. In order to optimize nutrition education, the school’s health department has partnered with the Framingham State University of Food and Nutrition Coordinated Program to have student dietitians provide nutrition lessons to Framingham Public School students.
This spring, Framingham State University Dietetic Undergraduate student, Valerie Thibaud introduced third graders at Potter Rd Elementary School to the five food groups from MyPlate. Students learned the importance of eating foods from the five food groups to stay healthy.
Students explored the MyPlate food groups by creating a meal and snack using the MyPlate structure. After learning about the five fantastic food groups students were asked to provide examples of foods from each group. Students then identified a nutritious example from each food groups to make a balanced meal using activity sheets such as the one shown below. Students responded well to this lesson and stated they would use what they learned at home. They enjoyed making a meal and snack and were excited to know they could use this whenever they help with making meals or snacks.
For more information and resources on nutrition education lessons and improving nutrition and wellness in Massachusetts, visit the John C Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition at Framingham State University’s JSI Resource Center.
Submitted by: Valerie Thibaud, FSU Undergraduate Food and Nutrition student, Coordinated Program in Dietetics.