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Healthy Eating at Brook Park

Brenda Short,   Brook Park Elementary School
Teamwork,  Other
Brook Park has 3 Touchdown School awards. I attribute our success to our healthy menus. We offer a large variety of fruits and vegetables to our students. Usually there is at least 1 fruit /vegetable choice that the students like, so you know if they pick it up and put it onto their tray, they are going to eat it instead of it going into the trash. We send a fruit /vegetable to the classroom twice a week that the students have never had or even know what it is. This helps give our children nourishment to help them learn during the day. It also teaches them to try new things, like the old saying: "try it you might like it". And hopefully the next time the students see that fruit or vegetable, they will either pick it up for lunch or maybe even order it in a restaurant when they are out with their parents.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

We work together by having the students deliver the fruits/vegetable to the classroom, then having the teachers pass them out to every student to try.

How did you accomplish your goals?

By having grants to receive the different fruits and vegetables for the students to try and by ordering a lot of fresh fruits and vegetable to serve at lunch.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

I have seen more students trying different fruits and vegetable. I also see them taking more than just 1 fruit or vegetable choice for lunch.