At our monthly Monday Mile Meet in February, we offered students a healthy snack option to taste-test. We had freeze-dried fruit, kids cliff bars, and organic Fruit Leather for families to try. We had information available to show them the nutritional value of the items, emphasizing that they were made with natural sugars like honey not high fructose corn syrup. We also pointed out that they were made with whole grains so that the consumer was getting all of the nutrients from the grain not just the refined parts. We also highlighted that the fat calories and sodium were low, which made this an all-around healthy snack choice. We also had prices and availability in local grocery stores. Students had been reporting to me that they were eating pop tarts, chips, cookies, candy, etc. for after school snacks. After our healthy snack taste test, students reported to me that parents had purchased the items and more students were reporting making healthier after-school snack choices. With parents on the go and life being so busy, parents tend to have packaged snacks instead of fresh fruit for their kids after school. The idea came to help parents, so that they can still have a healthier choice if fresh fruit is not practical.
How did you accomplish your goals?
I wrote a grant to fund the healthy snack options. I have funds available for the entire school year as well as the next school year. I will then write another grant to continue the program.
What improvements have you seen at your school?
Students are reporting that they are more conscientious about their snack choices. They are reading labels and looking for natural sugars, low sodium, and whole grain.
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
The grant will carry me through the school year as well as the next school year.