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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 18, 2017

Second-graders ‘Pick a Better Snack’

Oct 05, 2017
Students are always excited to serve each other the fresh fruits and vegetables during the Pick a Better Snack lessons.  Ruby Newton was a student server this week in Mrs. Kerri Bell’s second-grade classroom serving her friend Travis Ray.

Healthy fruit and vegetable snacks have invaded the Mid-Prairie East second-grade classrooms this week through the Pick a Better Snack program delivered by Washington County Extension.

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, visits 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.

This week students are reminded to be brave and try new things – including healthy fruits and vegetables. They had a taste test with Granny Smith and Pink Lady apples or Sweet Tangos. Pink Ladies were voted most popular after comparing smell, taste, texture and color.

Each classroom viewed the 11 different varieties of apples to buy at local stores and learned that over 2,000 varieties are grown in the U.S. They also viewed several other “apple” foods – apple jacks, sour cherry applesauce, apple juice and apple fruit pies – to see how much nutritional apple value there really was in that food. They learned not to be fooled by food names and to read the labels.

The Pick a Better Snack program in the Mid-Prairie school district is supported by Fareway, Washington County Extension, Mid-Prairie Boosters, and Washington County Riverboat Foundation. Contact the Extension Office, 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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