This November, FCHS nutrition educators started teaching a new 5-week nutrition class series called Food Smarts Kids, at PJ Hill Elementary School in Trenton. This series is an interactive,
learner-centered curriculum that focuses on helping children make healthy choices and to think about why they make the food choices they make.
Each class begins with a food tasting, often a fruit or vegetable that students may be unfamiliar with. FCHS educators then teach the students about MyPlate, the benefits of colorful fruits and vegetables, food marketing tactics, and healthy beverage choices. At the end of class, the students participate in a simple recipe demonstration and tasting to experience how healthy foods taste great!
Providing young children with the knowledge and skills to choose and consume healthy foods and beverages is essential to their
self-efficacy in making better food choices now and as they grow older.