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School Cook Instruction to Students

By
Christine Trentmann,   Augusta Elem.
Play:
Healthy Breakfast, Healthy Lunch – BAR NONE
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods,  Student Leadership
Our school cook speaks to the students on occasion regarding healthy choices and including fruits, and vegetables with the main entree. All of our students love milk, and know this is a great source of protein. The cook explains to the children that good food choices feed your brain, and we need "brain power" to get through the school day. All students choose two fruits and a vegetable with their main dish at breakfast and lunch. Mild and dairy products are also available, such as yogurt and cottage cheese. Many students choose the salad option and discuss this coming from a garden. This gets kids interested in what they eat, and where it comes from.

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

The children are excited about knowing nutrition feeds their mind and body, keeping them healthy and strong. All kids want to grow and get taller, and our cook explains that eating a variety of foods including proteins, dairy, vegetables, and fruits helps them to achieve this goal. No milk or juice is wasted, even strawberries or cottage cheese that is in a sealed container can be put in a special bin if unopened, and other students that are still hungry can choose from this bin for free.