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Healthy Food Habits for Life

Jennie Kolpak,   Cascade Middle School
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement,  Physical Activity Participation
Healthy Food Habits for Life
Teenagers and healthy food choices don’t often go hand-in-hand. But the Nutrition Education Program is trying to change that. More than 70 lessons were provided at Cascade this school year by the OSU Extension service. They’ve included a nutrition/health program for 8th graders, a number of Kids in the Kitchen lessons, and various recipe tastings in classrooms and at lunchtime. The lessons often include physical activity in the gym followed by kids learning how to make healthy foods. The program is courtesy of a federally-funded grant and will return in the fall, instilling positive messages about eating healthy and being active.

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

Our biggest challenge was to find time in the schedule so that students would receive this curriculum. Thankfully, many teachers allowed Extensions to use some of their enrichment class time to provide the curriculum. Nutrition Services was also very helpful with teaming up and supporting the program.