Avery Elementary School Students Learn About Added Sugar

The Dedham Public School District is dedicated to creating a culture of health and wellness among students, integrating nutrition and physical activity into the educational framework. At the heart of this commitment lies the district’s Wellness Policy, serving as a guide for prioritizing the well-being of the student body. The district has a dedicated foodservice director and staff who strive to serve nutritious and delicious meals, as well as provide nutrition education as a part of the district’s nutrition program.

Ilana Patti standing in front of the Added Sugars presentation in the front of the classroom
Ilana Patti presents “Sweet Sips” lesson to the class.

On March 26, 2024, Ilana Patti, a student dietitian from Framingham State University visited a 5th-grade class at Avery Elementary School. During her engaging lesson, Ilana discussed the topic of added sugars, exploring their sources, common names, and their impact on health. The highlight of the lesson was an interactive activity where students guessed the teaspoons of added sugar in one of their favorite sports drinks- a revelation that left many astonished. Building on their newfound awareness, Ilana provided examples of healthier beverage alternatives, empowering students to make more informed choices.

The SWITCH website has great resources on their page to help teachers implement nutrition education into their own classrooms. There are resources on a variety of topics within the realm of nutrition for all grade levels.

Submitted by: Ilana Patti, Framingham State University Food and Nutrition Graduate Student in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics.