Nourish U Summit cultivates ideas to promote healthy eating and drinking
Posted June 9, 2016
“Are we nourishing our children, or are we just feeding them?” That was the central question of the keynote presentation by Deanna Hoelscher, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., and an underlying theme at this year’s Community Collaborative for Child Health Summit.
Hoelscher explained that to “feed” is to just give food, but to “nourish” is to provide with substance necessary for growth, health, and good condition. She says she believes the current child obesity problem is due in part to our children being overfed and undernourished.
Incorporating a cooking challenge during the school’s "Wellness Night" to encourage healthy eating while embracing the diversity of the community. Entrees received are included in the “Cactus Ranch Elementary Healthy Snack Cookbook” filled with healthy recipes and ideas to distribute to students and their families.
Creating a photovoice project to give students the opportunity to take photos of the barriers in their community or home in regards to accessing healthy foods. Students and families become aware of the food choices around them and are able to make lifestyle changes.
Student-led team piloted a healthy corner store initiative. The students provided a taste test of healthy snacks made with from 7-11 products, to make the community aware of the healthy options available to them.
Implementing a "Healthy Eating Habits Module" (from healthy food choices to water consumption) into the Pre-Kindergarten curriculum and allowing them to reinforce these habits throughout the year through imaginative play, small and large group activities and center play, snack times and at lunch.