Healthy Schools Committee
Teacher at YRDSB
Teacher at YRDSB
As part of our sugar experiment, We focused on drinks and measured the sugar in drinks – both mass and capacity. We then calculated how much our sugar consumption would be if we were to have one drink every day for a year, and 1 month. We are in the midst of building sugar structures from what we would consume in one month. This has been quite an eye opener for all students. We have promoted water instead of juice, especially after our inquiry. The best part has been how students have changed their habits.
In January we took part in the Healthy Lunch Challenge encouraging students to bring 4 for lunch. Prior to the challenge, students explored foods from each food group and the benefits of the food groups. We are also a Healthy school. This has resulted in students continuing to try to bring 4 food groups for lunch. They compare and discuss the food groups they ate for breakfast, snack and lunch. Students are consciously making healthier choices even during celebrations!
We conducted an inquiry into added sugar in snacks, cereals and drinks that our students regularly eat and drink. Students weighed the amount of sugar. This amount was then measured using teaspoons. Students then calculated the fractional amount of sugar weight and the weight of the item. We also calculated the capacity of sugar in the container. Once we had done this, we made posters of our work and students presented these in all primary classrooms, encouraging other students to make healthier choices. The impact this had had on the students who conducted the inquiry has been quite remarkable. Students have been making healthier choices, choosing to bring lower sugar products or replacing punches with no sugar added juices or milk.
We joined Bright Bites!