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U of I food science and human nutrition students ‘school’ PreK-8th grade students on nutrition

Published February 14, 2017

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 grades PreK-8.

The nutrition event will be held on Feb. 15 from 1-2:20 p.m. in each grade level at the Holy Cross School.  U of I students have designed interactive and educational nutrition activities tailored to each grade level. This year, preschool classrooms have been added to the fun so that every student at Holy Cross School will be able to learn something new about healthy eating. 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.

Preschool and kindergarten students will explore how to color their plates with a variety of fruits and veggies. They will also match veggies with the body parts they benefit. Water does wonders for the body! First and second graders will discover the secrets of water and just how much they need to drink per day. Like kabobs? How about fruit kabobs? Third and fourth grade students will discover the difference between naturally occurring versus added sugars and will create their very own fruit kabobs. They will also test their memories of kid-size portion sizes with My Plate Bingo. Don’t jeopardize your health! Fifth graders will review all the food groups needed for a healthy diet and then play a friendly game of jeopardy to see which student group are the nutrition masters. Sixth graders will have a snack attack, finding the most nutrient-dense snacks to take on the run. Seventh and eighth graders will become sugar finders, comparing sugars in their favorite drinks, and then learning how to create their very own sweet drinks from fruits, veggies, and herbs. Activities for all ages will keep the students moving and learning.

Holy Cross students will be celebrating National Nutrition Month (March) on Feb. 15. 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.