Kindergarten Teacher Arminda Rodrigues alongside her students enjoying the strawberry festival
Long Branch: Incorporates Healthy Solutions During Snack Time!
Long Branch Public Schools are incorporating healthy solutions in student’s diets with their newprogram, “The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.” The program began last year in the Anastasia School. This year it has expanded to all elementary schools in the district.
The program provides free fruits and vegetables for the students to eat during lunch. The purpose of theprogram is to introduce healthy snack options in a fun and effective manner. Introducing these snacks atsuch a young age in diverse ways such as “The Fruit Festival” allows students to look at healthy options in a new perspective. Children will no longer dread eating vegetables at dinner, instead they will relate their vegetables to the fun activity they did in school and be able to have a conversation at dinner about what they learned.
On Tuesday November 22nd, Janet Celi, the coordinator of the NJDA/ Bureau of Child Nutrition, came to Morris Ave and West End Schools to introduce the fruit of the day at the Strawberry Festival. The fruit of the day was strawberries. The students were shown how strawberries were picked, made strawberry headbands and sang strawberry songs. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program created fun solutions to healthy eating and brought it into The Long Branch schools!
The program provides the students with an opportunity to try new fruits and vegetables that they may have never had the opportunity to try before. With the new program in the elementary schools, thestudents’ favorite snacks are becoming strawberries and blueberries instead of Oreos. Their appreciation and appeasement of these healthy solutions will follow them throughout the rest of their lives, creating another solution to end obesity in America.
Janet Celi, Mary Schelnutt and Arminda Rodrigues as well as Nawal Maroun worked together to incorporate the fruit of the day into snack time
Kindergarten students from the Morris Avenue School enjoying their fruit of the day