Roadtrippin’ With My Favorite Friends
Yesterday, Monday March 4th, was the launch of this semester’s Shack Neighborhood House nutrition education programming. Every semester and summer, the WVU Didactic Program in Dietetics implements a nutrition education program at the Shack Neighborhood House. The Shack is no stranger to this group of future Dietitians. The two organizations have been collaborating for years now. Over the summer we ran “Carrot Sticks”- a nutrition education program focusing on food culture, smoothies, and fruits/vegetables. In the fall, we ran a program called “Racing the Rainbow”- a nutrition education program that focused on different colors of the rainbow correlating to the different food groups.
All of our programs have a target population of youth, usually between the ages of K-5, or more specifically K-2. I’ve somewhat mastered a system as to how we organize each lesson plan within the programs.
Part 1- Nutrition education
– Focus on a specific type of food (Example- berries, potatoes, avocados, etc.)
– Focus on the specific benefits of our targeted food of discussion
Part 2- Snack incorporating the food(s) we’ve discussed
– We make sure that the snack is interactive and they are required to make/build/construct it in an artistic nature
Part 3- Activity
– We usually find crafts related to our lesson topic
– I try to make sure that we find activities that the students can cognitively grasp, but also enjoy and learn from as well.
This week, we focused on the region of Oregon. And we discussed the benefits of potatoes but, focused more on the health benefits of berries. The undergraduates used a MyPlate visual as an aid to guide the students in questions, regarding different food groups.
Each week, I will put stickers on the region that we “drove” to on our healthy roadtrip across America.
“Our Healthy Roadtrip” will continue for 5 additional lessons (excluding March 25th because of WVU’s Spring Recess). I took the liberty at creating a poster of the map of the U.S. to document all the different regions of the country, which the program will touch base on.
Only time will tell, if the Shack’s students start to really get into “Our Healthy Roadtrip” theme this Spring!