March was National Nutrition Month®. If you missed it don’t worry. You can always celebrate. This annual nutritional education and information campaign was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
In our classroom we focused on the idea of “School Garden to Table” by integrating the benefits of garden greens, and other healthy vegetables into a classroom lesson. Our school’s gardening lunch club does an incredible job of growing many native restorative plants and amazing green vegetables such as: dinosaur kale, sugar snap peas, Swiss chard, lettuce, onions, and broccoli to name just a few.
Students were reminded that powerhouse greens may reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and possibly cancer according to the American Heart Association. Our class researched the benefits of eating these powerhouse greens along with other powerful fruits and vegetables.
In April, our class celebrated Earth Day with a simple and heart healthy snack. I brought in a simple vegetable spiralizer as we learned about another simple and inexpensive way to add more vegetables to your meals. Our class made cucumber spaghetti. Everyone tried it and most asked for seconds.
In May, students are showing others on campus the superpowers of eating fruits and vegetables. Students were tasked to create a fruit or vegetable superhero poster to hang up in the school’s lunch line. The goal is to help students who are waiting in the lunch line to make healthier choices when they are faced with many choices. What do you think? Captain Carrot defeating Diabetes Doughnut. Pictures coming soon.
Journalism in June: Students have started discovering, highlighting, and will be sharing healthy habits found all around campus in our journalism unit of study. Be on the lookout for student articles that will be posted here.
Our end of the year gift from our class to you will be our Healthy Habits Cookbook. We will be collecting heart healthy recipes for you. Details coming in June. It’s a great place to look for new heart healthy summer recipes.
As teachers we have the power to model and teach students how to establish heart healthy eating habits. Thanks for inspiring healthy teachers and students!