Today, two Ball State University students, Victoria Parry and Olga Suchshinskaya, are our guest bloggers. Victoria is currently a Dietetic Intern and plans to continue with her Master’s of Science degree in dietetics next year. She hopes to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) and specialize in either renal dietetics or work to educate the public regarding healthy eating patterns. Olga was born in Kazakstan, Karaganda, grew up in Lafayette, IN, graduated from Purdue University, and is currently doing her dietetic internship. Over the years she has realized that people are her passion and kids are her devotion. She loves working with pediatric patients and their parents but also enjoys helping people optimize their health through proper nutrition and an active lifestyle.
Have you seen the signs about Summer Feeding?
We met with a group of kids at Pride Park Center and spoke with them about incorporating healthy fruits and vegetables into their meal choices. We helped the kids with a fruit and veggies word search and also with coloring fun pictures of fruits and veggies. The kids were so excited to tell us their favorite fruits and veggies which included carrots, broccoli, plums, bananas, and strawberries as the most popular responses.
We also played an exciting food pyramid relay with food models. The kids had to take turns running to the opposite end of a basketball court to select a food model, such as a piece of bread, and then come back to the other side of the court to place the food model into the correct place in the food pyramid. The first team to correctly place all of the food models into the pyramid won the game! Our teams were so good that they tied; they all did such an excellent job!
Once finished learning about fruits and vegetables, the kids got a surprise visit from Buttercup, our dairy cow mascot! Through Buttercup, we talked with the kids about the importance of consuming dairy products each day. Buttercup was such a hit; all of the kids took photos with her.
It was a busy and fun day with the Summer Food Service Program. We had so much fun helping the kids learn about healthy food habits while playing coloring and playing games.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a partnership between the Indiana Dairy Council , Indy Parks Department, and Indiana Department of Education. The goal of this program is to provide low-income children under the age of 18 with nutritious meals while the National School Lunch Program is not in session for the summer. For more information about the Summer Food Service Program, contact the Office of School and Community Nutrition at 1-800-537-1142 or 317-232-0858.
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