Our first grade students enjoyed breakfast while learning about the importance of a balanced meal and
breakfast. Our school cook, Linda, talked to students about easy ways to identify healthy foods. She taught
them to use Go, Slow, and Whoa as a way to think about food.
Students learned that the healthiest foods are "go" foods. These are foods like steamed or raw veggies and
skim or low-fat milk that are good to eat almost anytime.
Foods that are OK to eat sometimes are "slow" foods. Foods like hamburgers or waffles aren't off limits — but
they shouldn't be eaten every day. At most, you'll want to eat these foods just a couple of times a week.
Students learned that some foods should make you stop, think, and say, "Whoa! Should I eat that?" These
foods are the least healthy. They are the most likely to cause weight problems, especially if a person eats them
all the time. "Whoa!" foods are once-in-a-while foods, like French fries, cookies or ice cream.
What improvements have you seen at your school?
Students are more aware of the food choices they make and they are proud of themselves when they choose healthier food items. Students participating in daily breakfast at our school increases soon after the "Breakfast for All" education day.
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