Hanawalt Wellness Education

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Hanawalt Elementary has long recognized the importance of including both physical activity and nutrition into a healthy lifestyle. So to support part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, which is an in-school nutrition/physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and NFL, Mr. Baker has enlisted the help of a local community dietitian to help Hanawalt students in nutrition education and Pick A Better Snack (PABS) lessons for the fourth year in a row.  The dietician works with all grade levels to emphasize the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how it works in conjunction with physical activity classes to demonstrate the importance of nourishing a body, not just with food, but also with physical activity.  By bringing nutrition education to the students, we are working together to encourage and develop healthy lifestyles in students they can carry with them for a lifetime to become healthy adults.

PABS lessons are designed to help students and families make healthier choices inside and outside of the school day. During PABS lessons, a healthy food is featured (such as a fruit, vegetable or dairy food). Students then have a lesson focusing on different aspects of health related to this food. Discussions are led on how the food grows and is harvested, as well as the climate necessary to help it thrive.  In addition, time is spent discussing the nutrients found within the food, why it is important to consume it and how it helps our bodies grow and be healthy. There is always a physical activity component of PABS lessons – activities can include acting out the life-cycle of the food (from seed to edible plant back to seed again) or other exercises to help complement nutrition by demonstrating fueling bodies with both nutrition and activity. Finally, students sample the featured healthy food by using our five senses. The five senses exercise helps us incorporate mindful eating practices into trying new, healthy foods.

Fuel Up 60