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Healthy Living Lunch Buddies

A fifth grader enjoying her lunch and learning about the Myplate initiative.

Mrs. Tiffany Henry, the school nurse at Rocky River Elementary, has started a lunch buddy program that promotes discussions and educates students about healthy eating choices.  She loves encouraging kids to take good care of their bodies.  Students in grades 3-5 are invited to join Mrs. Henry once per week for 45 minutes.

They discuss nutrition and why certain foods are healthy and others are not.  They discuss peer pressure, healthy weights, movement and playing, rest and hygiene.  It is a great way for students to talk about what is on their minds. 

Students are learning about First Lady Michelle Obama's new healthy eating iniative called "Let's Move" which changes the food pyramid to a new diagram called Myplate.  This new diagram helps us remember how much protein, dairy, fruit, vegetables, and grains we need to consume each day. 

Mrs. Henry encourages the students to drink water and white milk.  Flavored milk (like Strawberry, Chocolate, and Vanilla) has added sugar that's not as healthy.  Occasionally, 100% fruit juice is OK.  She advises them to avoid sugary drinks and soda which do not nourish our bodies like milk and water; in fact, they can make us gain weight!

Students are also encouraged to eat fruits and vegetables every day.  These foods have many vitamins and minerals that help our body grow strong and work well!  Twice a month, on our Friday broadcast, two of our fifth graders report on different ways to eat healthy and new recipes to try with fruits and vegetables. 

A little tidbit:  Did you know that it takes 7 slices of white bread to equal the nutrional value of one slice of 100% whole wheat bread?

Mrs. Henry also heads up our Girls on the Run team.  The new season starts February 7th and lasts until April 28th when the team runs a 5K.  They have lots of fun learning, talking and moving together!

Written by: Heather Schulman
Posted: Feb 08, 2012 by Ben Shealy

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