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Taste Testing at Maryville for Grades K-5

By
Dennis Minnis,   MARYVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Play:
Promoting Healthful Choices
Topics:
Teamwork, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Access to Healthy Foods
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Our Fuel Up To Play 60 Student Team conducted a taste testing survey. Students were able to sample fruit smoothies and also hummus on a Wheat Thin with a carrot. The students loved this event!

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

We had to make sure we conducted the taste testing after all lunches in the school were completed. We also had to deliver the snacks to some classes in the school to make sure all students could take part in this awesome event, as some classes would not see me until the next morning.

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

We are going to conduct monthly food sampling days next year. This will be done as surveys based on the foods students chose to eat for their lunch, and then we will get them to rate their foods or other items that they tried. Then we will use the survey data to promote those particular foods the next time they are served so that other students may feel more compelled to try them.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Our 5th grade leadership team created the snacks with me and they also led a nutrition lesson over MyPlate as they made the smoothies. The Hummus is a veggie and has protein, the carrot is a veggie, the milk is dairy and has protein and the berries in our smoothie are in the fruit group. Finally the yogurt is from the dairy group as well.