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 Michael & Susan Dell 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.
The Michael & Susan Dell Community Collaborative for Child Health is pleased to announce an opportunity for schools, child care providers, wellness teams, and youth-based organizations to apply for the Nourish U: Healthy Eating & Drinking Mini-Grant. Between 10-15 awards of $250 to $500 will be offered to groups seeking to promote healthy eating and/or drinking through current or new educational programs, awareness campaigns, nutrition initiatives and community events. Preference will be granted to applicants who explore creative ways to share their work and expand nutrition promotion beyond the classroom and into the school or broader communities. The grants are sponsored by the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas School of Public Health with funding from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.
The application period is now closed.
UPDATED: January 15, 2016
Congratulations to our Nourish U: Healthy Eating and Drinking Mini-Grant Awardees! From tasting gardens to Photovoice campaigns, we are thrilled to support 12 local Austin projects looking to promote healthy eating and drinking!
UPDATED: May 24, 2016
Below are the grantee poster presentations which were displayed at the Nourish U Summit:
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.