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Twenty One Day Challenge Promotes Healthy Eating!

Susan Tyner,   Wellington El
Recipe Contest
Access to Healthy Foods,  Community Involvement
Twenty One Day Challenge Promotes Healthy Eating!
In an effort to help kids develop life-long healthy eating habits, our school participates in the “Kids Teaching Kids 21-Day Challenge.” High School culinary students create kid-friendly fun to make, fun to eat recipes featuring fruits and vegetables. We distribute these cookbooks to our students and encourage them to take the 21-Day Challenge. During the challenge, students are asked to eat a healthy snack containing a fruit or vegetable each day. Studies have shown that it takes three weeks to form a habit, so the overall goal is to get the students to make healthy eating a part of their daily routine. Pictured below is one of our students who made “apple donuts” from this year’s recipe book. We also have a video from a game we played in class called “Grocery Grab”, where students identified “Go” and “Whoa” foods.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

The 21-Day Challenge encourages students to eat healthy snacks and make it a part of their daily routine. Our students were motivated and they began submitting pictures of themselves eating healthy snacks to our school's morning announcements.