Fuel 4 School January/February 2015 Update

happy 2015!

Happy New Year! It’s that time of year when everyone seems focused on their health and wellness- a new start to a new year. What a great time to encourage and support Health and Wellness in our schools. We are hearing that so many classrooms are providing students a fresh snack once a week (with Wellness Wednesdays and Fresh Fridays at Bradford, for example). This is an incredible step towards improving the “fuel” that the students have during their learning hours at schools. Especially at this time of year, these efforts must be congratulated!

Want to do more? Need help getting Fresh Friday’s started in your classroom? Signup Genius can make providing and coordinating fresh classroom snacks simple. Please let us know if you need help getting Wellness Wednesday Healthy Classroom Snack or Fresh Fridays running in your classroom.

Snack Ideas: Citrus season is here! Clementines, navel oranges and other varieties of citrus make for a great snack in the classroom. Most grocery stores always have a great variety of citrus fruits at this time of year along with an abundance of gorgeous boxes of clementines ready to buy.   It’s always helpful to confirm with your teacher how fresh snacks should be delivered (i.e. peeled).

Classroom Celebrations: Valentine’s Day Celebrations!  Here are some healthy food and non-food related ideas.

http://www.nourishinteractive.com/nutrition-education-printables/category/19-kids-valentines-day-activities-free-printables-cute-valentines-day-kids-healthy-nutrition-foods-fun-coloring-activities-worksheets

http://www.superkidsnutrition.com/sn_valentines-day/

Re-post from Super Kids Nutrition:

Revamp your Family or Classroom’s Valentine’s Day Celebration with these Easy Tips!

  • Not all Hearts Come in Chocolate– create a magnificent masterpiece for your party table with colorful berries arranged on a tray in heart shape. Your heart will thank you for this dessert!
  • Think Beyond Hershey’s Kisses– Instead of traditional candy attached to your Valentine cards, make it a special sticker, pencil or an eraser this year.
  • Indulge in Sweets with Benefits. Make your own heart-healthy desserts by dipping fresh and dried fruits in dark chocolate, rich in antioxidants protecting our heart.
  • Give the most important muscle a workout! Make it a dance party, a jumping party, or balance-a-balloon-on-your head party. The possibilities are endless!
  • Give kids the gift of love – knowledge! Teach them about their heart, how to find their heart beat and what they should do to keep their hearts healthy.
  • Be hearty to those who need it most.Run a food or clothes drive in your school and donate the items to local shelters.

Pink Smoothies! (made with red berries) were a hit for Valentine’s Day at Bradford last year in Ms. Chanin’s 2nd grade classroom!

Make up your own combination of healthy fuel ingredients to suit your class’s requests and needs or follow a recipe. http://simplekids.net/pink-smoothies-for-my-valentines/

You can always refer to The Bradford Food Guide for ideas: http://montclairpta.org/pta/pages/articles/bradford10930.pdf

Have any Healthy Hero stories in your class? We’d love to hear about them! healthandwellness@bradfordpta.org