Pick-a-Better Snack Nutrition Education

October 24, 2019

I’m Lisa Yoder and I’m a nutrition educator for Johnson County. Um we take the pick-a-better snack program to 14 different schools in Johnson County and each program is for weeks 25 minutes a
week and we’re going to different first and
second-grade classes to talk about nutrition. I bring a different fruit or
vegetable into the classroom and we have it as the snack each week
and so we talk about that fruit or vegetable and then we also um give them
information so they can make healthy choices for their body. I’m
Sonya Scott and I am a first grade teacher at Hoover
elementary a lot of parents also communicate to me that they really
enjoyed the program their children are trying new things at
home. Um the one thing that I really enjoy too is that children are encouraged to be brave and
so no matter what they try to the vegetable or the fruit they might not
think they like it and then they try and actually love it and so that that’s neat to see. My name’s Rachel
Laria and I’m the first grade teacher at Hoover elementary school in Iowa City it’s funny because the kid becomes like
the cool thing to try the new thing and who likes it who
doesn’t what they like best and uh talk at their tables about what’s that the
best choice sometimes they’ll have like three different
ways you can try it and then they’ll talk about what their favorite was and then in the lunchroom on the
district has started doing more fresh fruits and vegetables and I’ve heard kids say “Oh we’ve had that in pick-a-better snack!” And then they all try it. So it gives them an opportunity to
recognize foods not just in our classroom but into the lunchroom and then hopefully
others areas of their life and want to try and be more healthy. My
name is Melissa stall I’m with the Iowa State Johnson county
extension office and I teach pick a better snack. My
program is a little bit different in the fact that I teach classes to
preschool through sixth grade so of course I have the
basic 9 lessons that I teach but I of course
gear them towards whatever grade level that is we talk
about the food pyramid with every grade level just according to what
they would understand. We call it our healthy puzzle and so
we have to have the healthy puzzle pieces all put together you kinda can’t
have one without the other. Well its
remarkable because there’s even changes in in a
nine-week session there are amazing changes from
the beginning of that session to the end in the nine weeks kids who would not touch anything kids
who were we focus a lot on being brave and trying
new things because really what’s the worst that can happen?
You might not like it but the look of amazement that they get
even with the older kids that are that have been a little more tentative
um, the fact that they actually like it. I’m Ronda Mervick and I teach third
grade at Kirkwood elementary school. At our school we have a lot of
families that are are lower-income and I feel that having pick a better snack is offering choices of food that they may not get at
home and so with they go to the store with Mom or Dad
they have the opportunity to say oh we had that at school and I like that and I’d like to try it so I think that’s
good that they’re introduced a new thing. My name is Chris Nay and I teach third
grade at Kirkwood elementary I also like the extension activities
that the the extension service offers that I
can use in the classroom during the week when
Melissa not there so there’s lots of great handouts and things that the kids can work on and
then I can reinforce that almost on a daily basis with kids. Hi, my
name is Amy Andreson I’m the principal of English Valley’s elementary school in North
English Iowa. Well I think pick a better stack goes so
perfectly with the Healthy Kids Act here in Iowa because
there are a lot of changes that have come around the last three years and I think we’re
gonna continue to see some of those changes so this just meshes so well with those I
think it’s impacted as just that the kids are a little more
open minded to try something and some of the things that shelley has
brought in are things that we are unfamiliar with for example today and we all know
pineapple but many of our kids have not ever had fresh pineapple and if you only had canned pineapple
you’re really missing out so you know just having that experience
so that maybe next time that the store they can tell their mom or dad hey you
know can we try the the pineapple that’s fresh. I am really
learning about how to make a difference in your life
before it’s too late.

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