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Food and Farm Fun

Amy Christmas,   Canyon Elem Sch
Farm to School — Know Your Foods
Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation,  Teamwork
I wanted to bring healthy eating and exercise to our school. I am a second year PE teacher so I felt this could be a great time to start bringing exciting new things into the school. Health has always played an important role in my life. I am so excited to be able to share health and my love for being active with the kids at school. My first goal was to be able to have a farm experience brought to our school. The Dairy Council came to our school and gave a presentation to the fourth graders. The Nutrition specialist shared how the students can be more active and make healthy food choices. We all enjoyed it so much, the Dairy Council returned in March to present to the fifth graders as part of National Nutrition Month. The rest of the school was able to participate by taking the virtual tour on the National Dairy Council webpage and by watching The Farm to School video tour.  My next goal was making sure that the farm to school videos made an impression.  We held a poster contest in February. The students were to include either where their food comes from, or illustrate their favorite food or sport to help highlight National Nutrition Month. They worked on a team with 2-6 students. It was so exciting to see the creativity!  I had our Student Ambassadors judge the posters, and they were able to be seen by students and parents at our annual Family Art Night. The Dairy Council and our school donated prizes. The final play that we are implementing this year is the Flag Football in Schools, using the NFL Flag Football Curriculum by Shape America.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students and Adults had to work together as a team to provide judging for the posters and to gather prizes. Students had to work together to first create an idea for the posters that they all could agree on and then create what they had in mind. There were over 175 entries so students were involved in helping teachers hang the art for the Family Art Gallery night. Students saw that other peers value healthy eating and exercise and it increased desire in students to be more active.