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Santa Chooses Healthy Foods!

Diane Driver,   H R Mccall Elem School
The FUTP 60 Ambassadors at McCall School put on a Christmas Skit for the entire school audience. They opened with a scene where Santa walked in and saw the children filling plates with snacks for his reindeer and for him. He wondered why his reindeer got carrots and skim milk, and he was getting cookies and whole milk. He noticed he had been struggling getting down the chimneys of the last few homes he had delivered gifts to. The children told him about the healthy changes they were making through Fuel Up To Play 60 by encouraging healthy snacks all over their school, and agreed they would change what they would leave for Santa, including broccoli, carrots, and skim milk or water. The skit was a great send-off for all who were beginning their Winter Break, to encourage them to make healthy choices and stay active during their two weeks off from school.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The adults and students collaborated on the set, props, and costumes; as well as the lines for the play. They scheduled time to practice the skit, without compromising outdoor recess or academic time.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

The FUTP 60 Student Ambassadors are working with other groups in the school to provide a student-led Tabata class during a Reading Night and are making recommendations for the variety of cultural fruits and vegetables with healthy dips that will be served at the event.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Classes that held Valentine's Day Parties at school were filled with healthy choices: fresh fruit and vegetable trays and bottled water. We've seen a dramatic decline in the number of cupcakes being sent by parents, as they replace the unhealthy snacks with fresh fruit and vegetables.