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Food science and human nutrition students ‘school’ local K-8th grade students on nutrition

Published February 9, 2018

URBANA, Ill. – Dietetics and Human Nutrition Students from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois are teaming up with the Holy Cross School in Champaign to bring a fun and nutritious afternoon to students in kindergarten through 8th. The event will be held on Feb. 12, from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. in each grade level at the school.

U of I students have designed interactive and educational nutrition activities tailored to each grade level. Students will enjoy tasting new foods, playing games, and participating in fun activities while learning about the importance of healthy eating and regular physical activity.

Can you eat a rainbow every day?  Kids in kindergarten will discover how eating all the colors of the rainbow can help you grow up strong and healthy. How much sugar is too much? First graders will learn all about the pros and cons of sugar and how to make lower sugar choices. What if some of your favorite veggies were actually fruits? Third graders will get to taste exotic fruits while learning about their health benefits. Smoothies for everyone! Fourth graders will design the perfect plate and get to taste some yummy smoothies that pack a powerful, nutritious punch. What to pack for lunch? Fifth graders will create their own healthy lunches while using MyPlate as their tool. Sixth graders will learn how to read the nutrition labels to snack smart and then taste a snack of their own creation. Don’t jeopardize your health. Seventh graders will discover the 13 essential vitamins while playing a lighting round of jeopardy. Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? Eighth graders will explore tasty breakfast options that they can make themselves super fast.

“This will be a great opportunity for the students to learn more about the benefits of healthy eating and exercise in a fun and interactive way,” says Justine Karduck, a clinical assistant professor in food science and human nutrition at U of I, and coordinator of the Holy Cross nutrition event.

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Justine Karduck