Nutrition Services Director
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 9-13, 2020 is “Have a Plant: Fruits and Veggies for Better Health”. 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. This year, our theme will be “Eat Right Bite by Bite” This campaign focuses on the importance of nutrition as a key component of good health, along with physical activity. Activities will be provided during the week to help celebrate National Nutrition Month.