Back in the spring (read #6) I got involved in a wonderful program sponsored by our local hospital at my son’s elementary school – Healthy Ever After. I love that the hospital has developed a program in coordination with schools, students and parents. Those just seem like the logical components to begin a healthy education program.
I got super sick back in May and was unable to lead the classroom sessions that I’d signed up to do, but this school year I’m actually coordinating the whole program school-wide. So, I’ve had my hands full recruiting volunteers and setting up schedules. I reached out to the nutrition student association at Cal State Long Beach to help with docents and got a few volunteers to help out.
Our first training is today – the topic for this month is My Plate. Usually the program is a short lesson to the students followed by a healthy snack. It sounds like the program this year may be run a little different – with a school wide snack. Other topics for the year include Whole Grains, Fruits & Veggies, Sugars and Healthy Fats.
I think it’s so important to bring these simple lessons into the discussion with kids as much as possible and this is such a perfect age and setting to introduce these topics. I really hope that the kids also share the information with their parents. I also hope that I can make a good name for the program at the school so that it can continue and that more people will want to volunteer to help.
Just a few goals, right? Parents: do your schools have programs like these? What type of response do the elicit from the parents and the community? Any suggestions for our program?
Linking up today for Fitness Friday blog hop at Jill’s blog. Also, make sure to swing back by Jill’s blog on Sunday for a menu planning link up. A bunch of us busy people are going to be sharing our menu planning efforts – hopefully I’ll be keeping up with menu planning myself and have something to share.
I'm Carrie, a married mom of two in Southern CA. I made my health a priority a few years ago and am passionate about nutrition and fitness. I blog about running, food and my life and all of the ups and downs that all brings. Thanks for following my journey. Contact me: carrie [at] familyfitnessfood [dot] com