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Southeast Kickoff Smoothie Event

Michelle Palladino,   Southeast Elementary School
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds, Teamwork,  Other
On December 18 and 19, 2017, I held a smoothie kickoff event within 4th and 5th grade classrooms at Southeast Elementary School. I also coupled the smoothie tastings with the Chartwells’ “Simply Good” food focus of the month: root vegetables. To tie in the smoothie piece, we provided samples of a “Sweet Potato and Banana Pie" Smoothie containing banana, cooked sweet potato, vanilla yogurt, cinnamon, water and ice. Upon discussing the event with administration, teachers and aids, I visited nine different classrooms to educate students about root vegetables as well as offer smoothie samples. By traveling classroom to classroom, I brought food demonstrations of root vegetables (potato, rutabaga, etc.) as well as nutrition information/signage and handouts for students. I also brought 2 ounce samples of the smoothies for tastings after the education portion of the classroom visit. Teachers and aids were positive advocates of trying the yummy smoothie. Students were intrigued by the colorful root vegetables as well as the samples and thoroughly enjoyed the smoothies. They revealed such excitement about this nutritious snack and appreciated learning about root vegetables.  Many of these students also asked for the smoothie recipe to take home to their parents. To see the students as well as the adults become energized about health, nutrition and smoothies made all the difference for me. The day was a great experience and success for all involved!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

As discussed above, the students and adults worked together as a team as students became interested in the smoothies through adult interaction. Adults were helpful in organizing the classroom event and promoted healthy eating to the students, creating further excitement.