During the month of March, our school focused on our NUTRITION! Since the month of March is officially Nutrition Month, we participated in our weekly campaign focusing on specific lunch and snack initiatives. They were as follows: Crunch n’ Munch Mondays encouraged parents to prepare healthy snacks that pack a healthy CRUNCH. Some ideas we gave included roasted chickpeas, kale chips, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and veggies like carrots, celery, broccoli, cucumbers, fennel, or peppers. Whole Grain Wednesdays showed the importance for dietary fiber, B vitamins, and minerals and how they should be a part of our daily food intake. Some snack ideas included whole grain cereal, whole grain crackers, brown rice cakes, popcorn, and oatmeal. Fridays were dedicated to FEELING GOOD about ourselves and focusing on our mental health. Students and staff were encouraged to get more sleep, connect with others, and practice healthy thinking. Announcements and posters were made to promote these initiatives. We also provided apples each week as a healthy snack alternative.
As a school, we promoted the use of our drinking fountains and water bottle – filling station in various ways. For instance, we made daily announcements about the importance of drinking water and created large posters to put around the school with facts and reminders of where to find the water fountains/filling station. Our Healthy Schools committee members also visited each classroom during lunch and conducted water trivia where students answers questions about the benefits of water and won prizes. We noticed our water bottle filling station numbers increased each week and students made comments about get enough water throughout the day.
It was easy! I just registered my school for the Bright Bites competition to promote healthy eating within our school all year long.