School Lunch Program, Story and photos by Carol Goodrow
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Cafeteria staff with Happy Feet aprons
What an exciting day! The school cafeteria served "Happy Feet Lunches" for the first time. The choices were a "RED FEET" bag lunch or a "GREEN FEET" bag lunch.
Each lunch included: a vegetable, fruit, sandwich with whole-grain bread or bun, low-fat milk, and pretzels. The lunch bags were stamped with feet: kid-feet, bird-feet, and doggie-paws. The children were having fun signing: "I love Happy Feet Lunches!".
On November 21, we will have another Happy Feet Lunch day. This lunch will include vegetable soup, fruit cups, and pizza with whole-grain crust. Something else very special is planned for that day. It will be the "deadline" for our Happy Feet Kids' Lunch Contest.
All first and second graders will be giving the opportunity to design a special Happy Feet Lunch in school or at home. We will select one student lunch to be served as a December Happy Feet Lunch. The lunch will be named after the winning child. That child will receive a free Happy Feet Lunch, a Happy Feet T-shirt and book along with other prizes. See our contest entry blank.
Possibly a classroom participation contest with a traveling trophy or healthy eating symbol for the class buying the most happy feet lunches each month or week along with a free lunch for the teacher of that class.
MAKING IT FUN
Healthy eating can be a lot of fun. If you believe kids will eat healthy foods they will. Why not try it at your school?
And more: soon we will line the cafeteria walls with photos of the teachers, school principal, superintendent, and other faculty members eating Happy Feet lunches.
And if you can't buy a school lunch? You can just make your own. Just follow the formula: fruit, vegetable, water or milk and at least one other VERY healthy food (ex: whole-grain, low-fat dairy, or lean protein).
"Happy Feet Lunches" are an attitude - an attitude of health, fitness, and well-being for ourselves and for our kids. An attitude that makes "healthy" - FUN!
To sign "Feet" - point to your feet
We started with 2 lunches in November and plan to expand to 3 in December. Hopefully as the year goes on we will continue to expand this program with special days and special activities celebrating healthy habits and healthy eating. I would also like to thank all of the people who have helped me learn a little signing: Susan Parvenski, Linda Mondschein, and Bev Vaida.
The lunch ladies
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