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Adding Meaning to Games

By
Angela Newberry,   Block House Creek El
Play:
Highlight Healthy Foods — Go Nutritious
Topics:
Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation,  Student Leadership
Making students aware of their choices is our first step. While the cafeteria is actively introducing new healthy choices, we have integrated food lessons into our physical fitness games. Instead of using stuffed animals as the "prize" of a game, we use veggies and fruits. Students are presented with healthy choices as a positive consequence for their actions in a game.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Instead of re-inventing the wheel, we took the games we already played and turned them into nutrition lessons (without the lesson). The information is integrated into the game.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The students "taught" the teachers the correct nutrition information to win the game.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

As we build knowledge and motivation in students, they in turn will take that information home. They will influence family choices.