On Wednesdays, at Parkland Village School, Health Champion Jackie Fitzgerald begins the morning dancing with the entire school as part of her wellness team’s 2012 action plan to increase physical activity. Jackie said that as much as the students like and look forward to Wednesdays, she’s been surprised by how many teachers have shared that they feel better starting out their days with this event as well.
As Parkland School Division gears up for nutrition month in March, three schools will be participating in some fun taste-testing of fruits and vegetables each week thanks to Save-On-Foods, Servus Credit Union, and PHE Canada. These organizations have each played an important role in sponsoring the project for Wabamun, Parkland Village, and Millgrove students. Wabamun Health Champion Teryl Pidhaichuk shared that week one of the program was a huge success and students throughout the school enjoyed fresh pineapple, “I couldn’t believe how excited all of the students were when they saw the passports and the pineapple coming into their classes.”
At Parkland Village, Health Champion Jackie Fitzgerald shared that one student said, “I’ve never had pineapple,” before tasting it. After the student tried the fruit, he exclaimed “Oh, wait…I have tasted this on pizza before.”
Research indicates that many of our children are not accessing an adequate amount of fruits and vegetables each day. This program uses positive peer pressure and a passport to encourage students to take their learning home with them. If the students eat any of the fruits or vegetables inside of the passport at home, they can take the sticker from the produce item and place it into their passport. The project is being shared with students in Grades K-9 and will run for 12 weeks.
“The best part of the first week is that we had extra pineapples and were able to raffle them off to each class as a take-home prize for participating,” said Jackie Fitzgerald
Thank you to Spruce Grove Save-On-Foods for sponsoring the student passports and preparing the fruit boxes required to feed over 500 students each week.
Servus Credit Union and PHE Canada have each donated $1000 to schools to purchase the produce for this project.
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