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Options for eating healthy

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Tricia Sabatini,   Donald L. Pavlik Middle School
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Options for eating healthy

Food Taste Test: We did a school-wide taste test that was a huge success! The taste test consisted of red radishes, red grapes, and pomegranate juice. We set up our taste test station for all three grade level lunches (6th, 7th, and 8th). During this time, our Fuel Up to Play 60 team members distributed healthy food items to students. They handed out red radishes, red grapes, and pomegranate juice to wash it down. After students tasted the items, they were encouraged to fill out a food survey. The food survey allowed us to see what students thought about the various items. A total of 51 food surveys were filled out. The surveys showed that the majority of students loved the pomegranate juice and the red grapes. The radishes had mixed reviews. Most students thought the radishes were just okay. Surprisingly, there was a handful of students who actually liked the radishes and they did not think they were going to. Overall, the taste test was a success for everyone and the students had fun with it!

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Our students now have more knowledge about healthy snacks. We are seeing more students come to school with a healthy snack for lunch. In our taste test we offered grapes, which seems to be the most common snack we are seeing with our students. Also, when we surveyed the students it was nice to give them options of a drink as well. Even though we had several students try the radishes, we do not see many students bringing them in.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The students and adults worked together by preparing the taste test. Students and adults cut up the grapes and radishes; we also kept the juice cold. Some students were offering samples as others were handing out surveys. Some group members even went around handing out samples to students sitting at lunch tables.

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

Our group wanted to have real pomegranates, but they are not in season. So we settled for a juice, and trying to find a juice that was real and healthy was a challenge. Many of the juices were high in sugar and not natural sugar. We found a juice that was just right, and the students really enjoyed it, many did think it was cranberry juice though.