Milyscent Odom, Cornerstone Christian School - Jacksonville
Access to Healthy Foods
Here at Cornerstone, my middle school classes have what we call Mystery Mondays. This is where I to the farmers market and purchase fruits and vegetables. I then bring in healthy fruits and vegetables from the U.S. and other countries and introduce and teach students about the health benefits of each. Sometimes I cook vegan foods, or other health foods such as chicken mango burgers, and bring them in to try. A lot of the students prior to this class and Fuel Up to Play 60 refused to eat fruits and vegetables. Students were not active. Now they look forward to going outside and being active. They were hesitant at first. Now they can’t wait for Mystery Mondays. Students have even gone home and had their parents try the them as well. Some students have begun drinking fresh smoothies and have changed their diets. We have also had milk challenge. I brought in 8 different types of milk. This included goat milk, powdered milk, almond milk and others. Some are drinking milk on a regular as well. Students are changing eating habits and lifestyles at home.
What improvements have you seen at your school?
Students are eating more vegetables and making healthier choices.
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
Some students are picky eaters. I had to find things that they like and making a healthier version.
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
Become more active and get involved in community.
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