More than a third of students from low‑income households
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Kids in the Kitchen
My students need the place mats and food clings to visualize how their food choices can create a nutritious plate. The bookmarks will remind them to make healthy choices.
I am a school nurse for 235 kindergarten through sixth grade students. Our health team has partnered with business partners to offer five, fun, family food and fitness events over the last three years. This school year we are partnering with the AK Kidney Foundation to offer, "Kids in the Kitchen".
We will invite 30 fifth and sixth graders and a parent to three separate events where a professional chef will teach and demonstrate how to quickly prepare nutritious, affordable and delicious entrees.
The families will take home a crockpot, three cookbooks and the ingredients for the entree so they can prepare it together. Studies suggest that if we can actively engage students at this age in cooking, that they are more likely to sustain the interest as they get older. The goal of this project is to get families excited about being together in the kitchen.
The MyPlate placemats and food clings will provide our families a "hands on" method of learning how to create a healthy plate. By empowering families to reclaim the family meal time, we hope to encourage fewer fast food stops. The fast food blubber busters will be a visual reminder of the high fat content of many fast foods. The MyPlate tablets, activity tear pads and 54321 +8 bookmarks will be "take home" reminders of healthy life choices. The MyPlate banner will be displayed prominently at each cooking class and will complement the emphasis on making healthy life choices. All of the non-consumable resources will be used in school health classes and future cooking events.
When looking at the lifespan and the progression of chronic diseases, we need to look at how to make a difference early in life when habits are being formed concerning food and healthy self-care.
Kids who eat regularly with their families are less likely to snack on unhealthy foods and more likely to eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Teens who take part in regular family meals are less likely to smoke, drink alcohol, or use marijuana and more likely to have healthier diets as adults.
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