During the month of June, Let’s Move! STL and Athletic Scholars Academy (ASA) hosted a two and a half week program at Carnahan High School to educate the students on healthy lifestyle principles including physical activity and nutrition. ASA conducts after-school or summer programs designed to prepare students (K-12th grade) for high school and college sports by teaching sport fundamentals. ASA offered basketball, soccer, and dance to the students at Carnahan High School. Eighty students chose one of the three sports to participate in for one hour four days of the week. On Thursdays, students participated in food demonstrations, learned the Let’s Move! Move Your Body dance, and learned how to garden in the Carnahan school garden. During the food demonstrations, students prepared spicy cheese popcorn, cinnamon sugar popcorn and yogurt parfaits. They also practiced reading different nutrition labels by comparing fat content of foods from different fast food restaurants, learned about important micronutrients, and the importance of eating from different food groups. Students had fun harvesting radishes from the garden and learning to weed. On the last day of the program, students participated in a field day. They had the opportunity to compete in their chosen sport in front of other students and their parents. Winners of each sport received medals and everyone received a certificate. This program was successful in getting the students at Carnahan High School physically active and increasing their knowledge of basic nutrition principles. Students expressed excitement for the cooking class, for improving skills in a sport, and for having the chance to compete in their sport. At the conclusion of the program, we encouraged the students to continue to live healthy lifestyles by being physically active and eating a nutritious diet full of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy options. We look forward to implementing similar programs in other schools in the St. Louis area. It was a great opportunity to educate youth about both nutrition and physical activity.
Written by: Vanessa Winegar RD, LD
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