Food, Culture, & Reading

Piloting a youth nutrition education program
May 10, 2011

Catherine Birdsey, MPH Candidate & Nicole Bernstein

The 4-H Program, Food, Culture, & Reading, is currently being implemented as part of the afterschool initiative, After the Bell. After the Bell is available to students in grades six to eight at Kennett Middle School in Landenberg, Pennsylvania. It provides the opportunity for students to enroll in fun and educational sessions of interest and provides a safe environment during a critical weekday time. Food, Culture, & Reading is employed under the session title, “I’m Hungry! What’s to

student earning her Girl Scouts Gold Award. Students enrolled in “I’m Hungry! What’s to Eat?” are guided through physical, learning, and cooking activities that introduce them to healthy foods, nutrition, and exercise, while including elements of different cultures. Thus far, the group has successfully made multicultural pizzas representing the diversity of the United States and Mexican tortillas to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. They are preparing to make potato latkes from Russia in the

During the first week, students competed in a food pyramid relay race. The object of the race was to place all of the foods given to the group in the proper food group in the fastest amount of time. Afterwards, students identified twenty foods that they commonly eat and which food group they belong to. This was in turn used to identify what foods students are eating too much or too little of.

What’s to Eat?” is provided on the following page. A training on the usability of Food, Culture, & Reading based on the facilitator’s experience is planned for summer

Every lesson plan Food, Culture, & Reading, developed from Food, the newest addition to the Culture, & Reading National 4-H Afterschool begins with physical curriculum activity. The objective is

Facilitator: Catherine Birdsey (Right) & Assistant: Nicole Bernstein (Left)

After the Bell students share the Food, Culture, & Reading program after making multicultural pizzas

Food, Culture, & Reading Piloting a youth nutrition

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Food, Culture, & Reading Sample Lesson Plan: United States
Introducing Introduction:
Introduction of facilitators and students Introduction of the program

Food, Culture, & Reading to Kennett Middle School’s After the Bell Program

1) Focus on learning about nutrition and eating healthy by building culturally healthy snacks and completing activities from around the world. This week we will start with the United States, next week will be Mexico. 2) Goal by the end is to be nutrition experts and be able to choose healthy foods for themselves and others and understand the importance of eating healthy. Physical Activity: Relay race with the food pyramid 1) Divide fish cards into 2 sets and split youth into 2 teams of 2. 2) Have youth race to place the fish cards in the appropriate spot on the food pyramid. However, they must use different activities to get back and forth from the pyramid. 3) First team to finish wins unless they have 3 or more foods in the wrong category. Stress the importance of placing higher fat foods towards the top. Questions: 1) What was challenging about doing this relay race? 2)What are ways that you like to stay active? Why is staying active just as important to your health as eating right? 3) Do you find it hard to find time to be active? Why? Learning Activity: MyPyramid for kids worksheet 1) Provide each youth with a copy and crayons 2) Identify the food groups represented by each stripe and the types of foods located within each. Youth may color in the stripes if they like. 3) Have youth make a list of 20 foods they enjoy and place them in the food pyramid Questions: 1) What foods did you put on your list? From which stripe did you find that you eat the most foods? Which stripe do you eat the fewest foods from? 2) What are the stairs located on the side of the MyPyramid for? 3) What food choice changes can you make to improve your diet? 4) How does an illustration such as MyPyramid help people understand information? Cooking Activity: Multicultural pizza 1) Introduce the ingredients and stress trying new things and making the most unique pizza that uses the most ingredients from each food group. 2) Wash hands 3) Create pizzas using recipe ingredients

Questions: 1) Describe the pizza you made. How is your pizza different from the pizza that others made or the pizza you usually eat? 2) How did MyPyramid help you decide

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