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Mystery Chopped Hidden Treasures Contest

Tracy Heitman,   H R Mccall Elem School
Recipe Contest
Access to Healthy Foods, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Mystery Chopped Hidden Treasures Contest
On December 22, McCall's Fuel Up To Play 60 Student Ambassadors played the role of world famous chefs, as students participated in the Mystery Chopped Hidden Treasures Contest. Ambassadors served the contestants four healthy snacks that contained deceptively delicious ingredients.They were asked to identify the hidden ingredients used in the making of a brownie, lemon-raspberry cupcake, banana bread, and a smoothie. While the contestants were judging the snacks, the audience was led in activity breaks choreographed to festive music. Students were surprised to learn that their brownies were made with spinach and carrots. One student proclaimed, "I didn't even know I liked spinach!" The contestants that identified the most ingredients were Maxon J. from Ms. Feldman's kindergarten class and Lillie N. from Mrs.Stover's 5th grade class. Each winner received the cookbook, Deceptively Delicious. At the end of the program, all were reminded to make healthy choices when eating, and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The Student Ambassadors worked with the Program Advisors in order to brainstorm and plan activity ideas for this year's Fuel Up to Play 60 assembly. Each Student Ambassador played a role in the skit, which the group wrote together. Students worked together to select various exercises to lead students in during the designated exercise breaks. Each advisor was responsible for choosing and making a healthy recipe for the assembly.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Ambassadors and advisors met during indoor recess sessions over a period of weeks in order to plan, prepare, and facilitate the activity.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

We have seen an increase in interest and participation in our Fuel Up to Play 60 program from both staff and students.