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Dedham Public School Students Learn About the Nutrients Found in Food

Dedham Public schools is dedicated to promoting nutrition education for students, as shown in their school nutrition program webpage. Their webpage includes all nutrition services provided to the students, the meals offered, as well as the district’s Wellness Policy. The district’s goal is to create school environments that promote and protect lifelong health and well-being. On April 22nd, Dedham Public Schools teamed up with Framingham State University’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics and invited student dietitian, Abigail Boatemaa, to teach 10th  and 11th  grade students about the nutrients found in food.

FSU student dietitian, Abigail Boatemaa, teaches Dedham 10th and 11th graders about the nutrients found in food.

FSU student dietitian, Abigail Boatemaa, teaches Dedham 10th and 11th graders about the nutrients found in food.

During this lesson, the students learned about the six nutrients found in food (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water). Students were taught to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables in order to get all of these essential nutrients. Students participated in activities, such as identifying nutrients found in food using food models. Each student got a chance to share their favorite food, which nutrients they gain from this food, and gave tips to their peers on how to incorporate a variety of healthy foods in their diet.

 

For more information on improving nutrition education in schools, visit The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition’s Resource Center.

Submitted by: Abigail Boatemaa, FSU  Food and Nutrition Student Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Avery Elementary School Students Learn About Sometimes Foods and Switcheroos

Dedham Public Schools is dedicated to promoting lifelong, sound nutrition practices to their students. In striving to provide students with the nutrition knowledge to make healthier decisions in their diets, Dedham Public Schools has created a community dedicated to improving the well-being of their students. In efforts to enforce the Dedham Public School Wellness Policy and the school nutrition program, the district has partnered with Framingham State University’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics to provide nutrition education to their students.

FSU Student Dietitian, Sarah Veber, teaching students about the five food groups, “sometimes foods”, and “switcheroos”.

FSU Student Dietitian, Sarah Veber, teaching students about the five food groups, “sometimes foods”, and “switcheroos”.

Dedham Public Schools welcomed student dietitian Sarah Veber to Avery Elementary School. Sarah Veber worked with elementary school students to discuss “sometimes foods”, or foods that should only be eaten sometimes, and “switcheroos”, or healthy food options that can be switched instead of a “sometimes food”. For students, learning about what foods can be eaten daily to help grow strong and healthy versus what foods should only be eaten sometimes and in moderation is essential for promoting a lifelong healthy diet.

During the presentation, students actively participated by organizing food models into the correct food group, discussing what kinds of foods should only be eaten sometimes and why, and completing a worksheet on “sometimes” foods and “switcheroos”. After the lesson, students were able to understand that sugary foods and foods high in solid fat should not be eaten every day, but may be eaten in moderation. Sarah has helped to implement the Dedham Public School’s Wellness Policy by educating the district’s students on age-appropriate nutrition topics. Resources used for these lesson plans along with many other resources are available to students and educators at The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition resource center.

Submitted by: Sarah Veber, FSU Food and Nutrition Student in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics.

Snack Like a Champion in Dedham

Michela Rici teaches students importance of getting nutrients from all five food groups.

Michela Ricci, Student Dietitian from Framingham State University, educating students on the importance of getting nutrients from all five food groups. Michela Ricci, Student Dietitian from Framingham State University, educating students on the importance of getting nutrients from all five food groups.

In the Fall of 2018, Framingham State University graduate student Michela Ricci taught third grade students at Oakdale Elementary School in Dedham, MA.
She taught the students about the various health benefits that one could get from different fruits and vegetables through a lesson titled “You Be the Chef”. Dedham Public School’s Wellness Policy highlights that the schools should strive to provide the highest quality food while also “encouraging the consumption of nutrient dense foods, i.e. whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products.”

During the “You Be the Chef” lesson, students learned about the five food groups and examples of foods from each of these groups. The students learned what a nutrient was and the importance of consuming a variety of nutrients in their diet. After this, the students completed the USDA’s “Snack of Champions” worksheet, where they were challenged to pretend they were professional chefs for a U.S.

Students create own balance snack recipes using USDA activity sheet.

Students created their own balanced snack recipes utilizing the USDA’s “Snack of Champions” activity sheet.

Olympic team. They were asked to create a delicious and balanced snack, which included three out of the five food groups.  After they created their snacks they were able to share their ideas with their classmates.

Teaching children at a young age about the importance of eating healthy meals and snacks that incorporate a variety of foods from all the food groups is critical to their long-term health and development.  Dedham students enjoyed the activities and were enthusiastic about getting to create and name their own snacks.

For more information regarding educational resources for nutrition for elementary, middle, and high school students in Massachusetts, please visit The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition’s Resource Center.

Submitted by: Michela Ricci, Framingham State University Graduate Food and Nutrition Student, Coordinated Program in Dietetics.

Oakdale Elementary Students Have Fun with Food Groups

Dedham Public Schools believe that good nutrition and physical activity are key components to a healthy lifestyle.  According to the district’s wellness policy, nutrition education is taught to instill the knowledge and skills to eat a healthy diet and reduce the risk of illness and chronic disease.  To further enhance their students’ nutrition education, the Food and Nutrition Services Department has partnered with student dietetic interns from Framingham State University’s Food and Nutrition Coordinated Program.

FSU Dietetic intern, Jaime Levesque, presenting the “Fun with Food Groups” lesson at Oakdale Elementary School.

Throughout the month of April, Graduate Student Dietetic Intern, Jaime Levesque taught the importance of eating a balanced meal that incorporates foods from each of the five food groups to students in 1st through 3rd grade at the Oakdale Elementary School.  During the “Fun with Food Groups” lesson, students were introduced to MyPlate and led in a discussion about the five food groups and the nutritional benefits of each.  During the activity, each student was given a food model to place into the correct food group at the front of the class.  During the second part of the lesson, students identified the food group components of their favorite meal which was then drawn out on a paper tray and shared with other students in the class.  When the lesson ended, students were given handouts from Nourish Interactive to encourage them to incorporate a component from each food group into their meals at home and at school.  Students had a great time with the food models and learning about how each food group helps to maintain a healthy body.

For additional resources and lesson plans that can be used to bring nutrition education to the classroom, visit the John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition’s Resource Center.

Submitted by: Jaime Levesque, FSU Graduate Food and Nutrition Student, Coordinated Program in Dietetics.

Improving Nutrition from Elementary School to the College Campus

Dedham Public Schools are committed to promoting and protecting lifelong health and a positive learning environment for students. The district has recently adapted their Wellness Policy to focus on improving student health through nutrition and physical activity.  The policy provides applicable methods to help families, teachers, and the food service department better integrate health lessons into everyday life. In order to optimize nutrition education, the school’s Food Service Department has partnered with the Framingham State University Food and Nutrition Coordinated Program.

This spring, Framingham State University’s Dietetic Graduate Student Olivia Weinstein introduced first and third graders from Oakland Elementary School to an array of fruits and vegetables. Students learned about the importance of eating the colors of the rainbow to enhance their health.  Students had the opportunity to try new fruits and vegetables during the “Make a Rainbow” activity, in which students created rainbows by adding pieces of produce to a wooden skewer.

Olivia Weinstein, FSU Graduate Food and Nutrition Student.

In addition, Weinstein taught a high school Women’s Health Class about added sugar and how to identify it on a food label.  Using a mystery scenario, students investigated numerous food labels to calculate a character’s daily added-sugar consumption. Weinstein took the lesson a step further and gave the students tools to navigate campus dining in anticipation of attending college.  Using materials found on MyPlate, students gained a better understanding of a healthy breakfast and how to order healthy foods at coffee shops and other food institutions.  One student commented that she now feels that she “knows what to order when she is on her way to school or on her way to soccer practice.”

Interested in including nutrition education lessons at your school? The John Stalker Institute is an excellent resource for lesson plans, handouts, and other nutrition resources to help meet the initiatives of your school’s wellness policy.

Submitted by: Olivia Weinstein FSU Graduate Food and Nutrition Student, Coordinated Program in Dietetics