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Healthy Eating at West Bay

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Brad Clay,   West Bay Elementary School
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Healthy Eating at West Bay
Our team challenged the whole school to eat fruits and veggies for a whole week. We made tally charts and classes would tally however many of servings of fruit or veggies they ate. Even our custodian said he had never seen so many students eat all their fruits or veggies in a week.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

One improvement was that we all ate way more fruits and veggies than ever. Students have continued to eat their fruits and veggies at lunch. Students are aware of what a serving size of fruits and veggies are.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students and adults worked together at lunchtime to make sure everyone knew what counted as a fruit or veggie. Adults and students also worked together to make sure no one was cheating by putting extra tally marks on the board. We also worked with the kitchen staff to see what they were serving that day for lunch to help students determine what counted and what didn't.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

One the first day of the challenge we did explain what a serving was and what was considered a fruit and veggie. Some kids were making marks for potato chips and made tallies for every grape they ate. Day 2 we got on the daily news and explained what counted and what didn't count. We also talked to the kitchen to see what they would be serving that day and told the school what counted as what. This made things work a lot better.