Nourish U: Healthy Eating & Drinking

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. 

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Below are the grantee poster presentations which were displayed at the Nourish U Summit:

Cactus Ranch Elementary School

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.

Casey Elementary School

Continuing support and promotion of family activities like “Fittest Family Contest” and providing prizes for “Fit Bucks” earned when families attend the monthly activities.

C.D. Fulkes Middle School

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.

Cunningham Elementary School

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.

Great Oaks Elementary School

Teaching K-5 students about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables through innovative “Food Power” games, family outreach projects, and hands-on experiences.

PFC Robert Hernandez Middle School

Increasing water consumption through the introduction of a water bottle filler and also integrating a poster contest illustrating the benefits of water.

Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary School

Providing a student survey on fruit and vegetable knowledge paired with a tasting. The school also established a student-led community food project to provide families with a healthy meal.

Houston Elementary School

The school’s “Student Wellness Team” is leading an initiative to provide positive reinforcement to students along with nutritional knowledge of healthy choices.

Purple Sage Elementary PTA

Giving students hands-on experience in planting, cultivating, and harvesting vegetables for their own personal consumption through the school’s “Veggie Tasting Garden.”

St. Austin Catholic School

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.

Taylor ISD Afterschool Programs

Teaching students about nutrition and how it affects the body as well as how to enjoy a healthy lifestyle through better eating habits with a “Balanced Food and Fun Activity.”

Wells Branch Elementary School

Increasing student’s nutritional knowledge by introducing them to different foods with a discovery food/taste test. The overarching goals is to help students make healthier choices.

The 2015-2016 grants were sponsored by the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at UTHealth School of Public Health in Austin with funding from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. 

For additional questions, please feel free to contact us via email at childhealthcollaborative@uth.tmc.edu