This week is National School Breakfast Week and it is during National Nutrition Month! What could be a better time to host a healthy breakfast? That’s what Alstead Primary School did Friday, March 4th, thanks to their dedicated school nurse, Lisa Therrien.
This was Lisa’s fourth year hosting this annual breakfast and Healthy Monadnock’s second time attending. The whole school was able to participate and each student was asked to invite their families to join them in their classrooms for a healthy breakfast with choices of fruit, local yogurt, whole wheat bagels and low fat milk. This year I represented Healthy Monadnock and the School Champions Program and had a table set up for parents, students and staff to learn a little more about Healthy Monadnock and what we represent. Along with Healthy Monadnock, two of Keene State College’s Dietetic Interns had an interactive table that included some tasty, healthy recipes available for kids and parents to try.
There was a new element added to this year’s Healthy Breakfast, and that was a guest speaker. Christine Parshall, from UNH Cooperative Extension, was there to talk to the families about what they can do to improve the overall health of their families. Her topics ranged from healthy eating on a budget to meal planning. Christine was a great addition to this fun event!
Alstead Primary School students aren’t the only ones having healthy fun in Alstead! The students of Vilas Middle School also have a fun trip coming up. As a prize for selling the most fundraising raffle tickets, Mrs. Ferreira’s 5th grade class won a hike around Vilas Pool and the surrounding trails with their science teacher Mr. Harrison as their leader. With weather getting warmer, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to take the kids out and show them the beauty that is right in their backyard.
Alstead Primary School and Vilas Middle School are using nutrition and physical activity promotion to teach their students how they can be their healthiest selves.
What is your school doing to promote healthy eating and physical activity? Let us know!