Eating healthy is a journey
shaped by many factors including our stage of life, preferences,
access to food, culture, and traditions.
Since the school plays a crucial role in the learners’ life, I
have introduced the MyPlate concept to the elementary school
learners to teach them about the importance of health at a young
age, which can have a huge impact on their current health,
behavior, and their future lifestyle as well.
MyPlate is divided into four sections: 30% grains, 40%
vegetables, 10% fruits, & 20% proteins, accompanied by a small
circle, representing dairy, such as yogurt or a glass of milk.
The young learners were encouraged to replace whole milk with
skimmed milk, white bread with whole grain bread, and to reduce
sodium and sugar intakes. This, in addition to maintaining
hygiene while eating their snacks by using table mats and of
course, wet wipes when needed.
Our learners took the action since week one by switching their
chocolate snacks into biscuits and fruits, artificial juices
into fresh ones, and some included nuts and dried fruits in
their snacks and brought self-made table mats.
To ensure the consistency and the effectiveness of the
application of this concept, daily rounds have been made during
snacks, where close observation of the class teachers, which
keeps up learners reflecting and enthusiastic.
Elementary School Nurse