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Smarter Snacking Through Data

By
Jenni Iwanski,   Richmond Elem School
Play:
Snack Smarter Schoolwide
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods,  Student Leadership
Smarter Snacking Through Data
When we read the Play, Snack Smarter Schoolwide, we knew we needed to first find out what the snacking habits of our students were. FUTP 60 Leadership Team members each surveyed their classroom during snack time, tracking what each student ate for their snack. They entered their data into a Google Form and at the next meeting, saw the results of their data. They learned that junk food was a popular choice for snacks. Fruit and protein were the least popular choices. With the knowledge of this data, our team was ready to talk to their classmates about their snacking choices. Next, our team created a presentation to talk to their classroom about smart snack choices. They also created a handout of simple, healthy snack ideas invented by the FUTP 60 Leadership Team members.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Leadership team members had to coordinate with their classroom teachers the work involved in this Play. They had to arrange an appropriate time to collect data. They also had to work with their classroom teacher to find a time to deliver their presentations to their class. Each team member followed through on this collaboration with their classroom teacher.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Collecting data at the beginning of the Play really helped team members understand the current reality of snacking in our school and motivated them to create a message about smarter snacking.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Teachers often are reminding students to bring healthy snacks to school, but after this Play, our Leadership Team members were also reminding their classmates to eat healthy foods.