Andover High School Students Learn About Hydration

At the Andover Public Schools, they know that “good nutrition and learning go hand in hand”. That is why they offer their students nutritious and tasty foods daily to help them meet their health and wellness needs. Their Food and Nutrition Department is also responsible for providing guidelines for nutrition education and promotion within the school as outlined in the school district’s Wellness Policy.

Becky Chambers standing in front of classroom
Becky Chambers discusses the water content in fruits and vegetables with Andover High School students

On March 25th, 2024, a graduate student Dietitian from Framingham State University, Becky Chambers, presented lessons to the freshman at Andover High School. The presentation named, “Thirsty for Victory,” aimed to teach students all about proper hydration during physical activity. 

The students learned about how to calculate their daily water needs and the importance of electrolytes for proper hydration. They learned that they could also get water and electrolytes from the foods they eat. Becky guided the students in an interactive part of the lesson that most of the students enjoyed, during which they had to guess the percentage of water in different fruits and vegetables. By the end of the lesson, the students were able to answer questions about the hydration needs of athletes and gained a better understanding of how hydration impacts physical performance.

To access more helpful resources for implementing nutrition and wellness education in the classroom, head to Nutrition Education Lessons on the SWITCH website.

Submitted by Becky Chambers, FSU Food and Nutrition Graduate Student in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics.