|A Wegmans chef points the way to good nutrition.|
Who says good nutrition is not an important part of education? Fourth graders at Timonium Elementary School received plenty of food for thought in September as they visited the Hunt Valley Wegmans grocery store. As part of their ongoing personal health and wellness lessons in school, these fourth graders have learned about The Food Guide Pyramid. During the field trip, they also learned about Strive for 5, serving sizes, vitamins A and C, fiber, fat, what 100% juice means, percent lean labeling on meats, and yeast. Mighty yeast even worked its magic for students up close in the store bakery!
|Chef Linda mixes up a healthy veggie drink as brain food for the students.|
Staff at Wegmans explained the meaning of the various portion sizes and nutrition information on food labels so students could make healthy snack decisions. Students also got a taste of what’s cooking in the store’s kitchens and snacked on carrots, apples, whole grain breads, yogurt, and cheese.
Students got to “bring home with the bacon,” too, because they each brought home a loaf of bread, apples, oatmeal, and raisins. After spending more than an hour learning about nutrition at the store, everyone agreed that this kind of community partnership is a good source of “vitamin E for Education”!
Story by Kas Rohm, Good News Ambassador and administrative secretary, Timonium Elementary School. Photos courtesy of Timonium Elementary School.