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Nutrition and Physical Activity Changes at Lincoln Elementary

Susana G. R. Aguilar,   Lincoln Elem
Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation,  Student Leadership
Nutrition and Physical Activity Changes at Lincoln Elementary

The Fuel Up to Play 60 program has changed our students in many ways. In our cafeteria, it has improved how students are willing to try new and different foods just by us walking around and encouraging our students to try vegetables and fruits. One of our students’ favorites food item has become yogurt with strawberries and blueberries cups, a new item in our cafeteria menu. Our students are also drinking more milk at lunch and breakfast. In the past, they wouldn’t finish their milk/chocolate milk. Our recess has also improved with a higher number of students are playing instead of sitting at the tables. We are also seen a decrease in junk food consumption during lunch and after school. Parents for the first time in our district have come to our campus to see and participate during PE Day with their child. Our students are learning healthy eating during our Physical Education class and our students are paying attention and making daily changes. We are proud of our students.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

We encountered a few challenges this school year in getting our Fuel Up to Play 60 started. One of our challenges was getting our students to make better food choices when bringing food from home. The students in our area love to eat spicy style of chips and it was hard to get them to stop bringing them every day. The students are speaking to each other about making better food choices. We are proud of all of our students and their accomplishments.