~ Celebrating Children’s Healthy Choices ~
Who knew learning about making healthy choices could be so much FUN?! Thousands of children in 5 states and Canada found out when they participated in our first annual Healthy Al, Healthy Me Celebration on May 2.
Take a look at the creative ways teachers involved children in learning to make healthy food choices and be more active. From elementary schools, child care, Head Start, and YMCAs, to programs serving military, faith-based, and special needs populations, the children were all in!
Check out some of these highlights:
Literacy, Graphing, AND Healthy Foods
Tammy Washington of the Children’s Coalition supported Julie Montgomery from Clara Hall Elementary in Monroe, Louisiana where they had a Healthy Al, Healthy Me Tasting Party.
Fun with Fruit and Friends
Children in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario joined the celebration. Cindy Zappacosta’s class from Algoma District Schools made healthy snack kabobs and went for a walk with puppet friend, Al. And Barbara French’s children in the Huron-Superior Catholic District went tropical with trees made of oranges, blackberries, apples, and bananas.
Six centers joined in from Hampton and Newport News, Virginia, supported by Ragen Johnson from Alternatives, Inc. Kudos to teachers at First Baptist, Ft. Eustis, Heavenly Haven, Hindenwood Presbyterian, Newport News Head Start, and New Mt. Olive. They read Al’s story, made hats, and created healthy snacks like Berry Pizza with English muffins, cream cheese, and berries. And check out this Al made of fruit!
Eager to Exercise!
Activities ranged from moving with Elmo to shooting hoops to ‘silly walking’ to relay races and parachute fun. In New York, Gail Nachimson at the Jawonio Center reported that the children took a nature walk and had extra outside time so they could get their hearts pumping.
And at DeQueen-Mena Educational Cooperative in Arkansas (thanks, Allison Mears), friends in the classes of Sherry Dinger, Melissa Lovewell, Val Revels, Amanda Culp, and Annie Scott danced, exercised outside, and bathed baby dolls!
Veggie Faces are Full of Feelings
Oh, I’ve got lots of feelings!!
At the Downtown and Northside YMCAs in Richmond, Virginia, Diana Carroll and Vicki Mollenauer supplied veggies that the children used to create FABULOUS faces! Thanks goes to Charlotte Cervarich and Sheila Thompkins, too!
There were adults joining in the celebration, too, thanks to Kathy Sauter of InterCounty Childcare Connection in Warsaw, Virginia. Center and family child care providers from four counties explored new ways to help children make healthy choices. They cut, pasted, tasted, and danced the day away. They had great fellowship and learned lots about healthy eating, moving, and being great role models for the kids in their care.
We are already planning for next year’s celebration. Mark your calendars now for March 6, 2014!