Nutrition Education is a key component
to the Omaha Public Schools’ Wellness Policy. Each school year, Nutrition
Services develops and sponsors two major campaigns which the elementary
classroom teachers may participate in. The programs are voluntary and the
teachers sign-up to receive the materials.
Each September, we partner with our
teachers to promote Fruits and Veggies: More Matters.
Classroom activity packets, by grade group, are created for the teachers to use
with their students to help educate them about the importance of fruits and
vegetables. We know children who eat more fruits and vegetables are more
likely to perform better in school. By eating the recommended 2-5
servings a day, children are more likely to maintain a healthy weight, which
means, more confident students.
The theme for September 12-16, 2016 was
“Fruit & Veggies More Matters: Super Nutritious & Very Delicious”.
We asked our students to create an advertisement or a poster showcasing
their favorite fruit or vegetable using the theme. We provide the winning
student's classroom with a fruit and veggie party.
The month of March is National
Nutrition Month. To celebrate, we again, partner with elementary teachers
to promote healthful eating. This year, our theme will be “National
Nutrition Month: Eat Right. Your Way. Every Day!” This
campaign focuses on the importance of nutrition as a key component of good
health, along with physical activity. Classroom activity packets are
provided, as well as different activities for the students. Again, the
winning student's classroom will receive a fruit and veggie party.