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March Into Nutrition

Debby Bruchsaler,   Greenwood Elementary School
Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
March Into Nutrition
It has been a very busy month here at Greenwood Elementary School. This month involved teaching our students about good choices. At the beginning of the month we had our Breakfast Week. I had a promotion for which the students could bring the person they felt was their Lucky Charm. It was a great way to show their families the healthy choices the students have for breakfast. It was also a great way for other students to come and try our healthy breakfast. It was a huge success and I can't wait to do it again. We also have had our Veggie Campaign. We have featured so many colors of veggies for our students. We have had steamed asparagus, rainbow blend salad, fresh carrots, jicama sticks, beet sticks and butternut squash. I had a March Into Nutrition Day, where I had a obstacle course, a taste testing station, where students could sample  the vegetables we were promoting and a nutrition station where we used sugar cubes to show how much sugar is in food. We had physical balancing activities as well. I wanted to teach them to stay balanced, you need to eat a well balanced meal. My Fuel Up To Play 60 students were a huge help. As they learned things, they were able to teach all the other students. I truly enjoyed this. I am very sore because of the stair stepper I was showing all the kids. Let's say OUCH!.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

I am very blessed to have such an amazing team here. The Fuel Up To Play 60 Students really stepped up. They learned the nutritional value of the food we were teaching and even went beyond, teaching the students. They taught them about making good choices. The teachers really helped out with their classes. They were excited to learn the things we were teaching. I even had one of the secretaries come down and do the obstacle course. That was priceless.

How did you accomplish your goals?

It took a few weeks of planning with lots of help. I have a great team in the kitchen which helped with the prep with the taste testing. The nurse helped with nutritional information. The FUTP 60 students helped get the word out about this.

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

I am going to use the visual aides I have. I believe younger kids like to see things. Along with that, I will continue to send information home for families.