Dedham Public schools is dedicated to promoting nutrition education for students, as shown in their school nutrition program webpage. Their webpage includes all nutrition services provided to the students, the meals offered, as well as the district’s Wellness Policy. The district’s goal is to create school environments that promote and protect lifelong health and well-being. On April 22nd, Dedham Public Schools teamed up with Framingham State University’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics and invited student dietitian, Abigail Boatemaa, to teach 10th and 11th grade students about the nutrients found in food.
During this lesson, the students learned about the six nutrients found in food (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water). Students were taught to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables in order to get all of these essential nutrients. Students participated in activities, such as identifying nutrients found in food using food models. Each student got a chance to share their favorite food, which nutrients they gain from this food, and gave tips to their peers on how to incorporate a variety of healthy foods in their diet.
For more information on improving nutrition education in schools, visit The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition’s Resource Center.
Submitted by: Abigail Boatemaa, FSU Food and Nutrition Student Coordinated Program in Dietetics