Watertown Public Schools has done well with their consciousness of sugars and providing overall healthy and balanced meals to students. Their mission, per their programa de nutrición escolar, is to promote student health, well-being, and ability to learn through quality food, physical activity, and other wellness initiatives. To emphasize their commitment to the política de bienestar, Watertown has partnered with Framingham State University’s Programa Coordinado en Dietética and invited student dietitian, Haley Guinan, to teach high schools students about reading a nutrition label and looking at added sugars.
On March 28th, 2022, students learned about the difference between added and natural sugars, the meaning of daily value, and why important changes have been made on the nutrition facts label. The students had to determine if certain food examples were low or high in added sugars. Students were taught how to calculate calories based on macronutrients listed on the label, including carbohydrates. To help students better understand the amount of sugar found in beverages, Haley used visuals during the lesson with sugar packets which represented the added sugar in different beverages such as soda. To conclude students participated in a conversation about how they could reduce added sugars in their day to day lives and make healthier choices.
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Submitted by: Haley Guinan, FSU Food and Nutrition Graduate Student in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics