Five Ways to Extend the Learning in Eat Move Win


Five Ways to Extend the Learning in Eat Move Win

27, March 2017 7:11 PM

Each Dairy Council of California classroom nutrition education offering is designed to be a self-contained direct nutrition education experience that contributes to positive behavior change. 

Many creative teachers extend the learning to keep children engaged and motivated about nutrition. The new online high school offering, Eat Move Win is no exception. 

Trina Robertson, M.S., R.D.N. recently attended an Eat Move Win inspired National Nutrition Month® health fair at an Orange County high school and observed five fantastic ways teachers and students are staying engaged after completing Eat Move Win

  • Supertaster Tests. Order specialized paper strips from an online retailer to help identify supertasters in the student body. Since only about 25 percent of the population has the dominant gene to taste salty or bitter in the strip, it makes for a great conversation on genetics. Since the reactions are pretty dramatic, too, it's an activity that also is guaranteed to draw a crowd. Encourage newly identified supertasters to flavor bitter foods—like adding butter to broccoli—to make them more palatable. 
  • Breakfast and Sleep. Students were shocked that they needed 9-10 hours of sleep each night after visiting this information booth. Students shared with peers that eating breakfast before school or at morning break can help academic performance and breakfast eaters have a healthier overall diet and less late night snacking.
  • Rethink Your Drink. Tired students don’t consider that caffeine for breakfast may not be best. We included empty cans of soda, energy and sports drinks for visuals along with a poster. We added photos of popular coffee shop beverages examples too. There were baggies filled with sugar and students guessed how much sugar was in the beverages they sometimes drink. We provided food models of milk, water and 100% juice to show portions and trading up beverages. MyPlate also recently developed a coffee shop makeover handout that could make for a fun and relevant display. 
  • Personalized Nutrition Bracelets featuring MyPlate daily food plan. Visit a craft store to pick up pipe cleaners and blue, green, red, orange and purple plastic beads. Print out the serving recommendations from MyPlate Checklist at the calorie level to match your audience. For high school students, use 2,000 and 3,200 calorie levels and add color coded beads to represent the number of servings for each food group. It’s a great interactive activity with a lasting visual cue that reminds students about balancing food choices to reach the five food groups and servings needed every day from elementary to high school. (At 2,000 calories, this means students add three blue beads to represent the dairy group servings, three green beads for vegetables, two red beads for fruits, six orange beads for grains and two to three purple beads for protein food servings.)
  • Photobooth Fun. Students love to dress up and take photos in the photo booth. Use clip art and popsicle sticks or skewers to make simple props of food-group foods that represent nutritious eating choices. Add erasable signs or chalkboards for writing personal goals that help students think about their choices. Add boas, leis, hats, empty picture frams and even oversized sunglasses to complete the photobooth experience. 

Proving that moms love nutritious food and photobooths too, Trina Robertson (second from right) posed with other National Nutrition Month® health fair volunteers including Si Herbers, (pictured with camera) who documented this fun event. Watermarked photos courtesy of Photography by Si Herbers @ PhotoSi Photography. 









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Tags: Eat Move Win healthy eating for kids high school MyPlate nutrition education nutrition lesson plans Trina Robertson


  • Lisa Vorce 3 years 64 days ago
    Thank you for sharing! these are great ideas and I am excited to incorporate some of these ideas in our end of the school year activities.


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