Whats In Your Snack?
- Jenny Terry, Morningside El
- Access to Healthy Foods
"What’s in our snack foods?" is a lesson I did with my students in grades 3rd-5th during our 21 Day Healthy Snack Challenge. This challenge is put on by Medical City Hospital to help promote healthy snacking. I love this lesson because we take a close look at all types of common snacks that children eat on a daily basis. This lesson starts off with me teaching about the Nutrition Fact Labels and what each item on the label means. I explain what we need more or less of based on an overall healthy diet. The students are then divided into several stations each containing a label from a common snack, a nutrition fact to look up on the label, and then an exercise to go along with the serving size of that fact (i.e.; look at calories per serving and do that many jumping jacks). This is a great visual to help the students see how unhealthy a snack might be. When they leave my class, they definitely are very aware of what they should be eating and why. I refer back to this lesson often throughout the year when we talk about nutrition and healthy choices. The children always remember the amount of reps per exercise they had to do during this lesson. The impact of my students remembering this, I feel, helps them be aware of the snacks they choose. I am also reminded about the impact of this lesson by walking through the cafeteria during lunch. When I walk through, the kiddos are always holding up food items from their lunches and showing me the labels.
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