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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 22, 2014

First-graders pick better snacks

Mar 04, 2013
Noah Frechette, son of Robert Frechette and Andrea Dirks, was the student helper in Nancy Pim’s first-grade class and enjoyed passing out the snacks to his classmates. But he most enjoyed eating the cherry tomato and wheat crackers.

Healthy fruit and vegetable snacks have invaded Stewart Elementary first-grade classrooms this winter through the Pick-a-Better Snack program offered by Washington County Extension.

This program is designed to motivates children to eat more fruits and vegetables in meals and snacks and to be more physically active. Each week Amy Green, 4-H/youth coordinator, visits the first-grade classrooms to talk about healthy snacks and making healthy choices. The students always get to sample a particular fruit or vegetable of the day.

Each week the students are reminded to be brave and try new things – including healthy fruits and vegetables. This past week they learned the difference between fruits and vegetables and sampled cherry tomatoes, often called a vegetable but actually a fruit because it has seeds and grows from a flower.

Students also focused on the grain component to the USDA’s healthy MyPlate listing a variety of grains and seeing the different between whole wheat products and white.

The Pick a Better Snack program is supported by a grant from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation. If you have any questions about the Pick-a-Better Snack program or would like to volunteer, please call the Washington County Extension Office at 319-653-4811.

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