- Leanna Pena, Zavala Elementary School
- Access to Healthy Foods
Our success story at Zavala Elementary was to incorporate eating healthy within our PE classes. We integrated a six weeks course called "Choose MyPlate" into our PE program. We also shared what we learned and created MyPlate artwork for our school cafeteria. We were able to learn the importance of nutrition and making better food choices. What we learned during our course is something that we can carry with us for the rest of lives. We learned that making better food and drink choices now will help us to live longer and healthier lives. Over the course we were able to learn about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables and the great benefits eating healthy has on our bodies. We were taught to “eat from the rainbow”, to choice a variety of colored fruits and vegetables because they provide our bodies with a variety of vitamins and minerals. In addition to eating healthy, we were also taught the importance of making better drink choices. #dairyisamazing!! We were taught to choose and drink water and/or milk over sodas and sugary sports drinks. Making the switch to low-fat milk and eating more dairy foods are important choices that we need to help balance out the foods we eat and provide our bodies with much needed calcium for our bones and teeth. Fueling Up with dairy snacks is way better than eating chips and candy. During our lessons we were able to sample a variety of dairy infused snacks. We tried a fruity smoothie made with fat-free milk, strawberries, bananas and low fat yogurt. We also tried football pudding made with fat free, sugar free pudding mix and low fat milk. We also sampled the pyramid parfait. This was made with low fat cereal, a variety of fruits and low fat yogurt. What we plan on doing now is to keep promoting a healthy lifestyle and to continue to make the right eating/drinking choices. We also plan on sharing healthy tips throughout our morning announcement so that we continue to remember that what we eat affects the way we look, feel and act at school and at home.