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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 26, 2018

‘Pick a Better Snack’ program celebrated

Dec 28, 2017
Courtesy of: Washington County Extension Thirty-five second-grade students returned their family Pick a Better Snack bingo sheets.  In Ms. Emily Zehr’s class students included: Rowan Lamb, Owen Slaubaugh, Colton Litwiller, Lael Seale, Lilly Redig, Oliver Feltes, and Jacob Brenneman.

Healthy fruit and vegetable snacks invaded the Mid-Prairie East second grade classrooms this fall and winter through the Pick a Better Snack program delivered by Washington County Extension. This 9-week series of lessons was completed in December.

This program is designed to motivate 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, visited the second-grade classrooms to talk about healthy snacks, making healthy choices, and students always get to sample a particular fruit or vegetable of the day.

For the final week of Pick a Better Snack, they celebrated students who completed the Family bingo sheet which families had during the month of December to encourage fruits and vegetables and more physical activity at home. Students reviewed all nine lessons and also learned the importance of having good hygiene to their health. Each student took home a new toothbrush from Public Health’s I-Smile program. Students also learned about the citrus family. They heard about the tradition of oranges being such a treat during the holiday season, peeled their own clementines, while also enjoying lime and grapefruit slices.

The Pick a Better Snack program in the Mid Prairie school district supported by Fareway, Washington County Extension, Mid-Prarie Boosters, and Washington County Riverboat Foundation. Contact the Extension office at 319-653-4811 with questions or to help fund this program financially. More photos are posted at “Washington County 4-H-Iowa” Facebook with up to date information on other youth programs around the county.

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