In October, fourth-grade teacher Allison Haw and third-grade teacher Kathy Lee attended a workshop in Iowa City entitled “Role Modeling for Healthy Kids.” The program was provided by a Wellmark Foundation grant, Building on the Healthy Kids Act Opportunity.
The teachers learned about the importance of being a role model for students through a presentation by Jennifer Neal, discussed different ways to be a role model in the school, and participated in several activities that focused on eating healthy and exercising. Haw and Lee presented this information at the December staff development. With this information, Seton’s staff realized the importance of the Pick a Better Snack program.
Seton Catholic School has utilized the Pick a Better Snack program through the Iowa Nutrition Network since 2007. The program is a comprehensive education and social marketing campaign that encourages choosing fruits and vegetables for snacks.
Mary Beth Delaney, from the Iowa State Extension office, comes six times during the school year. During her visits, she focuses on a specific fruit or vegetable and discusses its nutritional value and where it is grown. The students then make a recipe using the fruit or vegetable. Finally, the students get to taste the recipe. Newsletters and recipe cards are sent home to inform families about what the students learned and how they can incorporate the fruit or vegetable in their meals at home.
The students truly enjoy the Pick a Better Snack program.