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Healthy Choices at Madison High

Paula Ceaser,   Madison H S
Access to Healthy Foods,  Physical Activity Participation
Healthy Choices at Madison High
At Madison High School in Houston, the cafeteria, Health and Physical Education are trying to make a difference by encouraging students to make “Healthy Choices”. The district develops a monthly menu, using the freshest food available, and incorporating milk, lots of fruit, vegetables and whole grains. We moved into a new building in January 2019 and the breakfast and lunch that our district food service department and cafeteria staff is providing has been well received by our students. It seems to me that more students are eating breakfast and lunch because it is more appealing to the eye. I would like to implement a breakfast cart for all students, since we now have a two-story building where all students are housed. The food service department has modified recipes and menus well before the introduction of the new cafeteria. For example, making healthier muffins by substituting fat with applesauce and serving less healthy choices infrequently. We now have a salad and sandwich bar, where students can have a fresh salad at least two days a week. The students have the opportunity to choose from hot or cold foods for lunch. Our principal has prohibited the sale of candy during the school day, so that students don’t have that option to choose junk food. We have used MyPlate and activities that incorporate students making healthy choices.We have implemented activities such as MyPlate Shuffle, where students are placed into groups of 2-3 students. Each group has the same MyPlate place mat and are given a set of 5 foods (pictures, fake food, etc). The groups work together to place the food items onto the correct food group of MyPlate. Once they think they have their plate correct, they raise their hand for the teacher to check. They students made connections by incorporating physical activity with learning MyPlate. We also stressed that dairy is the most important part of their diet. It is our goal to get all students to make “Healthy Choices” at Madison High School.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students and teachers worked together putting the bulletin board together and promoting healthy eating throughout the campus.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

We are beginning to see that more students are eating breakfast and lunch. They are also choosing to drink milk and eat more fruit and vegetables.

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

We plan to continue to promote "Healthy Choices" and encourage all students to eat healthy foods campus-wide. We will also plan to link students with our agriculture teachers to see how dairy foods are made and how they can keep you healthy.