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Timing Meals for Athletic Performance at Hanover High School

The Hanover Public School District recognizes that wellness and proper nutrition are related to students’ physical well-being, growth, development, and achievement. As stated in Hanover’s Wellness Policy, the goal of nutrition education is to teach, encourage and support healthy eating by students. Promoting student health and nutrition enhances readiness for learning and increases student achievement.

Handout student athletes were able to take home

Handout student athletes were able to take home

This fall, students at Hanover High School were able to choose certain nutrition topics they wanted to learn more about and sports nutrition was selected. On November 18th, 2019, Framingham State University student dietitian Lauren Burkley taught 9-12th grade physical education students how to maximize physical performance through food. During the “Sports Nutrition” lesson, student athletes from a wide range of sports learned the importance of fueling for physical activity, how timing of meals impacts performance, and the proper way to stay hydrated. While the majority of the lesson was geared towards athletes, all students benefitted from discussing the principles of MyPlate, and healthier food choices. Students tested their knowledge in a game of Jeopardy and came up with specific snacks and meals to help get the physical results they desire.

Through Framingham State’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics, student dietitians like Lauren are able to visit multiple schools within the districts of Massachusetts to provide nutrition education that meet each district’s wellness goals.

The Hanover Food Service webpage provides additional information to the district on nutrition and fitness for all audiences. Check out The John C. Stalker Institute’s Resource Center for more nutrition-based resources and lesson plans to incorporate in your school district.

Submitted by: Lauren Burkley, FSU Food and Nutrition Student in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Students at Hanover High School Learn the Pitfalls of Fad Diets

Hanover High School reinforces the district’s wellness policy commitment to nutrition education and providing lessons in lifelong health through its partnership with Framingham State University’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics. On November 25, 2019, graduate student dietitian Kristin Ellis worked with the Hanover Public Schools nutrition program and provided a lesson on the dangers of consuming caloric- and nutrient-restrictive diets and educated students on the benefits of following balanced meals consistent with the MyPlate guidelines.

This is an image of one of the slides used to help educate Hanover High students about the variety of fad diets throughout the years.

Using a PowerPoint timeline that explored diet theories beginning in the early 1900’s, Kristin provided a historical perspective complete with nutrition information that outlined the nutrient and caloric needs of students at their current age and stage and the importance of a balanced diet for overall health. The lesson explored the dangers of insufficient calories and nutrients and the effect it has on each part of the body, appealing to students by including impacts on overall health, as well as, the impact diet has on healthy skin and hair.

As part of the lesson, students researched one popular current fad diet and reported on the diet’s potential dangers and long-term negative impact. Using this strategy, coupled with a jeopardy game, students displayed active learning and increased overall knowledge of nutrient needs and the value of a life-long commitment to balanced eating.

Additional information about school nutrition lesson planning can be found at The John C. Stalker Institute Resource Center.

Submitted by: Kristin Ellis, FSU Graduate Food and Nutrition Student in The Coordinated Program in Dietetics.

Hanover High School Learns About Sports Nutrition

On November 26, 2018, Framingham State University student dietitians Gabriella Musto and Jennifer O’Brien presented “Exercise and Sports Performance Nutrition” to 11th and 12th graders of Hanover Public Schools. Promoting balanced nutrition and healthy habits  is vital to students and their overall health, as detailed in the district’s Wellness Policy. Reducing rates of obesity and promoting student wellness can be achieved through advocating for nutrition education and physical activity.

Gabriella Musto identifying healthier snacks for Athletes

About 81% of the students attending Hanover High School are athletes, making this presentation ideal for this population. Hanover Public School’s collaboration with Framingham State University has allowed student dietitians to educate the students on various topics related to sports nutrition. Topics such as pre- and post-workout nutrition and how to properly fuel your body with food to achieve optimal athletic performance were discussed.

Activities were used to help the students apply what was learned during the class. Students actively participated in a Kahoot quiz game and completed a worksheet titled “Give Me Energy!” where they brainstormed snacks that could be prepared as pre- or post-workout fuel. During the Q&A portion of the presentation, students were engaged in discussions and asked questions regarding various nutrition topics.

Interested in learning more about wellness and nutrition education in schools? Visit The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition at Framingham State University. The JSI Resource Center and USDA have resources and information that are useful for school nutrition programs.

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

Hanover High School Student Athletes Fuel Up with Nutrition Education

Hanover Public Schools believes that a sound athletic program is an integral part of education, and is committed to students’ participation in athletics and physical education.

Jennifer O'Brien provides performance nutrition education to 11th and 12th grade students at Hanover High School

FSU student dietitian, Jennifer O’Brien, provides performance nutrition education to 11th and 12th grade students at Hanover High School.

Hanover Public Schools Wellness Policy acknowledges that good health depends on the development of lifelong habits that promote student wellness and reduce obesity, which can be achieved through nutrition education and physical activity. In order to achieve these goals, the district collaborates with the Framingham State University Food and Nutrition Program to bring in nutrition interns who provide nutrition education on various topics, like sports and performance nutrition, to students.

USDA's "Give Me Energy" activity worksheet was used during Eat for Performance nutrition lesson.

“Give Me Energy” activity worksheet completed by students during the Eat for Performance nutrition lesson.

On November 26th, student dietitians, Jennifer O’Brien and Gabriella Musto, provided performance nutrition education to 11th and 12th grade student athletes as part of a newly offered wellness and lifestyle skills course. Students spent time learning about the importance of pre- and post-exercise nutrition, and the benefits to eating well for improved athletic performance.
During the presentation, students were asked to share healthy snack ideas aloud with classmates and participated in a fun, interactive Kahoot! style quiz to test their knowledge. At the end of the presentation students completed USDA’s “Give Me Energy!” activity, where they chose a week’s worth of healthy snacks that coincided with their chosen physical activity for the day. Students showed their enthusiasm and interest at the conclusion of the presentation during a brief nutrition question and answer period.

If you are interested in learning more on how you can help improve wellness and nutrition education in schools, please visit The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition at Framingham State University’s JSI Resource Center or USDA Team Nutrition for helpful tools and resources.

Submitted by: Jennifer O’Brien, Framingham State University Food and Nutrition Graduate Student, Coordinated Program in Dietetics.