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Everitt After School Smoothies!

By
Brad Hull,   Everitt Middle School
Play:
Highlight Healthy Foods — Go Nutritious
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods,  Success with Funds
Everitt After School Smoothies!
Fuel Up to Play 60 has been a huge success for everyone at my school. All the funds and resources that Fuel Up to Play 60 provides have a positive impact on students. They help students understand the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition. Currently, for our healthy eating play, we offer healthy smoothies to students that attend a school club or activityon a weekly basis (typically two days a week).. Some activities and clubs that we offer include tutoring, sports, fitness center, Girls on the Run, Spanish, Theatre, and Art. The smoothies that we offer always have two dairy products! Examples of ingredients include frozen fruit, milk, yogurt, kale, and spinach. These smoothies taste great and students love them! It’s great to know that students are understanding that healthy snacks can taste good. These smoothies have been a huge success. One day last week, we handed out over 130 smoothies to students! In the past two weeks, we have gone through 500 cups, which shows the positive impact these smoothies are having on our students. Often, as students go to their club or activity, they will ask, “are there smoothies today?” It’s great to know that students are taking advantage of a healthy snack before they participate in their club or activity. They can socialize with their friends in the cafeteria while enjoying a healthy snack that has plenty of dairy! Many of our students are hungry throughout the day, and something like a smoothie can help them until they go home for dinner. I could not do this program alone. I have tremendous help and support from other staff members. A counselor and Family Liaison help make and hand out the smoothies to students after school. Several teachers and staff members help me run clubs and activities that help promote physical activity and fitness for students. All staff members see the value of this program and are always willing to help!  

How did you accomplish your goals?

We accomplished our goals by having multiple adults in our building work together. Several staff members stepped up and were willing to help me. A counselor and Family Liaison make the smoothies before school is over and hand them out to students. Two Social Studies teachers help me run the after-school fitness center club. Another teacher took the initiative to start Girls on the Run. Other staff members volunteered to coach our volleyball teams.

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

We plan on making this play last during the year and beyond by always looking for more funding opportunities. We always apply for funds through our district’s Healthy Schools team. In the future, we will ask for funds to keep our smoothie program going. An organization in our community has already volunteered to help us buy ingredients for our smoothies so students can continue to enjoy and take advantage of a healthy free snack after school.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

We have seen student participation increase drastically after school. Since we offer several activities and clubs to students after school, attendance has increased. Smoothies are a great incentive to get students to participate in something after school. After all, they can enjoy a healthy free snack while socializing with friends in the cafeteria before they go to their club or activity.