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Smart Snacking at CTE

Amy Oliver,   Cumberland Trace Elementary School
Access to Healthy Foods,  Physical Activity Participation
Smart Snacking at CTE

This year because of our Fuel Up to Play 60 grant we were able to encourage smart snacking for our students and staff. The students have been excited about being able to try different snacks. The staff at CTE was given a yogurt parfait for a morning breakfast treat filled with yogurt, granola, strawberries, and blueberries. During national breakfast week, the students were able to try a different kind of oatmeal called overnight oatmeal. At first students were hesitant to try this new kind of oatmeal, but once they tried it, most of them liked it. Another time we gave the entire school and staff smoothies on a Friday afternoon. Many of the students were excited about the smoothie and said that they tasted really good. It has really helped our students think of different ways to snack healthy.

How did you accomplish your goals?

One of our goals is to expose students to different ways to eat healthy. Working with our health committee, nutrition leaders, and students we have really provided many opportunities to expose students to healthier snacking. This is starting to become a part of our culture and the students are really embracing the new snacks. Several parents have reported that their child is really working on eating healthy and making good choices when it comes to food.