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Victory Ramey,   Crum Pk-8 School
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Access to Healthy Foods
I am blessed to have the opportunity to teach health to middle school students in Crum, WV.  As part of my curriculum on nutrition, I invited my friend from the West Virginia Extension Agency, Mrs. Lisa Bell, to our classroom. As part of her 6 week curriculum titled, "Teen Cuisine", she provides a great deal of information for teens to make healthy food choices. Each week, she didn't just present a lesson, she allowed students a hands-on opportunity to inform students about foods they might not be interested in trying. Students helped prepare foods while learning to cut, mix, chop and use the most sanitary guidelines in food safety. All of my students took an interest in her visits and always volunteered to assist and try the foods. At the end of each activity,  she would provide the students with a take-home item, whether it was a cook book, vegetable scrubber, cutting board or pizza cutter, it was always something that piqued their interest. We considered Ms. Lisa a vital part of our curriculum.

How did you accomplish your goals?

With Ms. Lisa's help, I was able to cover all of my health standards on nutrition and label reading.

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

I plan to bring Ms. Lisa back to work with my students twice a year as my groups rotate each semester.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

One improvement we saw was the way fruit was served in our cafeteria. Our students suggested that fruit was not eaten because some students touch more than one piece before choosing. So our cooks graciously place each apple in a plastic bag.