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Twenty One Day Challenge Promotes Healthy Eating!

By
Susan Tyner,   Wellington El
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Topics:
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.