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Eat Better, Play Better!

Kevin Sullivan,   Dale B Davis El
Access to Healthy Foods
Each day our teachers have lunch duty in the cafeteria. I am always looking for students who are eating their fruits and vegetables and try to compliment them on their healthy choices. One day our cafeteria manager had some basketballs to give away to the students, so I asked the teachers at each grade level to pick out a student who was eating their fruits and vegetables without being prompted to do so. These students who made a good decision to eat their healthy food were rewarded with a basketball. Now students are more aware that good decisions are noticed by others and they can be rewarded for those decisions.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Our staff is constantly talking and demonstrating the importance of eating healthy foods and snacks. This is reinforced on morning announcements as well in the classrooms. Our teachers worked to reinforce those good eating habits by rewarding students who have made healthy choices in our cafeteria.

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

I think this is something we can do periodically throughout the year and the students will become more aware of the choices they have with the food they eat.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

The students will lots of times show me the food they have brought for lunch or on their trays and tell me they are eating their fruits and veggies. Rewarding them verbally as well as with other reinforcements brings awareness of the importance of eating well. This tends to spread to others in their class.