Host A School Activity With A Simple Lesson: Eat Good Food!Tue 14 May 2013
Story by The Food Revolution Day Team
Jamie Oliver has a big assignment for schools around the globe, "Imagine a world where children were fed tasty and nutritious, real food at school from the age of 4 to 18. A world where every child was educated about how amazing food is, where it comes from, how it affects the body and how it can save their lives". On May 17th teachers and parents are taking him up on that challenge with out-of-the-box lesson plans designed to inspire a life-long love of good food.
Good Food 101: Reaching for a Better Grade
Worldwide food education is not compulsory and many kids are so out of touch with what’s on their plates that they don’t realize real food doesn’t come from a box. In America alone, food and nutrition education is no longer compulsory and elementary aged kids get an average of just. 3.4 hours per year (1). Studies prove that food education can change that equation: food knowledge + cooking skills = healthier eating behaviors and a positive attitude towards cooking and healthy food (2).
Around the globe teachers and parents are tackling that problem on May 17th with games, cooking classes and competitions designed to get our kids back on track. Check out this live conversation with some of our ambassadors for some great ideas on planning a last minute project and be inspired by some of the school activities already on the map for Food Revolution Day from a traditional food contest for high school students to an organic fair and cooking contest for 800 students and screenings of food education films such as Food Fight.
With Food Revolution Day just days away, here are some of our top ideas for getting your school involved at the 11th hour!
Lovely Lunch Lady, Hear my Plea. Download a Food Revolution Day Banner and work with your school’s cafeteria staff to put the healthy bits already on their Friday menu front and center on Friday, May 17th. Ask to decorate the salad bar with FRD posters, and highlight the great produce lined up. If you’ve got a fruit or vegetable of the week or month, turn it into a Food Revolution Day special!
Make a Healthy Class Snack to Send to School. Volunteer to send in the class snack on Friday. Provide nutritious brain food for young students and if possible, why not double up the lesson with a recipe card to take home so they can make it at home for another school day.
Tell a Good Food Story. Engage the youngest students at story time by coming into class to read a storybook to teach about healthy food habits (such as To Market, To Market by Eddie McClure, Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert, or French Kids Eat Everything by Karen LeBillon). And since kids can’t resist a good sticker, download some Food Revolution Day badges to hand out after story time.
Field Work. Team up with other parents and make May 17th your day to bring snacks for your kids participating in sports. Go to town with healthy alternatives to sugary sports drinks and easy energy grabs like candy and sweet treats. Deliver some healthy fuel to pump up their performance on the field, with complex carbohydrates, fresh fruit and protein-packed snacks. And provide water, water everywhere - the simplest sports drink of all.
Take A Food Revolution Day Assembly. Dedicate your assembly to Food Revolution Day – talk to kids about real food, tell them what’s happening around the world, teach them one simple recipe or do a demonstration to show just how much sugar is in some popular foods.
Celebrate Good Food at you school on Friday, May 17th. Whatever you do, no matter how big or small be sure to get your event on the map (can be private) and make certain to send the Food Revolution team your stories and pictures!
Here’s to a great Food Revolution Day in schools across the world!
The Food Revolution Day Team
Images: Food Revolution Ambassadors Brandi Thompson and Sharon Mathews
1. Food Corps 2010 -2011 Annual Report
2. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour; Valid and Reliable Measures of Cognitive Behaviors toward Fruits and Vegetables for Children Aged 9 to 11 Years
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