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Fit to Be Taught, Vol.9

Cantaloupe Instead of Cupcakes? Believe It!


Nutrition can't be a unit; it has to be ongoing." Those are the words of Sabina M. Mosso, who teaches preschoolers and kindergartners at Anna Boyd Child Development Center in Columbia, South Carolina. Recognized by the Dole Food Company for her efforts to improve student nutrition, both in her school, and in other state school districts, Mosso knew she had won a huge victory when one of her students showed up on his birthday with a fruit tray instead of cupcakes!

A simple homework assignment started it all. Several years ago, a nutrition professor in Mosso's graduate program assigned her to go back to her classroom and make a change -- improve student nutrition. That wouldn't be an easy task by any standards. "These kids were bringing a bunch of garbage to school," she recalled.

Mosso decided the most effective strategy was establishing a new school-wide healthful snack policy. She received the endorsements of the school administration and her fellow teachers and turned her attention to getting parents on board.

Mosso and other staff members offered evening parent workshops about nutrition so efforts would not end in the classroom.

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Wellness News
Florida District Serves Most Healthful Lunches For the second consecutive year, the Pinellas County, Florida., school district provided elementary pupils with the healthiest school lunches out of almost two dozen districts reviewed in the U.S.

Fewer Soft Drinks in Schools Fewer non-diet soft drinks are being sold in schools because of states bans on sugared soft drinks and changes made by the beverage industry. Sports drinks still are sold in many high schools.


Creating A Comprehensive Nutrition, Exercise Policy

The Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource (FAIR) School, a fourth- through eighth-grade magnet school in Crystal, Minnesota, has implemented one of the state's first extensive physical activity and nutrition policies. The school is operated by the West Metro Education Program, which serves Minneapolis and nine other suburban school districts. The goal at FAIR was to implement a school policy that would:

  • Make healthy food selections and physical activity an integral part of the education day.
  • Foster healthful nutrition and physical activity behaviors in students.

In the school food environment:

  • Fast food vendors are excluded from the school food service environment.
  • No vending machines are available for student use.
  • Two fruits and two vegetables are attractively offered daily.
  • The sale of all foods on school grounds is under the direction of the school food service program.
  • Food sales, a la carte foods, foods brought into the classroom, and foods offered at school functions contain seven grams of fat or fewer per serving.
  • If foods are sold for fund-raising activities they must not be sold while school food service meals are served.

Read more about this program at: Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource (FAIR) School.

Click to learn more about Action for Healthy Kids.

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