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Sugar Shockers

Coleen Hughes,   Andrew Jackson Middle School
Access to Healthy Foods
Sugar Shockers
Our county’s dietician specialist presented an interactive presentation on “Sugar Shockers” to our student body. The students were engaged and learned about hidden sugars in foods and how harmful this ingredient can be. This presentation gave important information about avoiding a high calorie diet and also informed the students about the benefits of nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and how these foods should be an essential part of their daily nourishment. It was a great success!

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

The challenge for me was our county’s purchase order process. Because of an unfortunate situation involving a bookkeeper in our county, our district has gotten stricter with their PO process. It takes so much longer and sometimes it gets kicked back. I am re-learning the new process and how submit my requests in a more efficient manner. I am glad I started early in this process. Other than that, our Plays are going well!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Our students and adults are working very well together as a team. Some of our teachers are taking on extra activities to assist with getting the FUTP 60 message out to the students. Example: The Gridiron Cooking Challenge: Through our Culinary Class students entered “The Gridiron Cooking Challenge” through the Dairy Council of Florida; in association with Fuel Up to Play 60.

How did you accomplish your goals?

We have accomplished some of our goals, but the process is on-going. We have great involvement within our school with students and adults. Teachers assist with allowing students to plan plays before school, teachers are getting involved also.