“Make half your grains…”
“WHOLE!” the elementary school students shout, in response to the mentor’s prompt.
As the mentor continues with her lesson on the importance of whole grains, the students throw their hands in the air, jump out of their seats, and excitedly shout out answers to her questions.
This is the scene after school at 186th St. Elementary School in Gardena. Through LAUSD’s Healthy Schools Campaign, in partnership with Beyond the Bell Youth Services, the students participate in SOSMentor’s after school program geared toward healthy eating, nutrition, and fitness.
The children’s enthusiasm is undeniable. Eager to share what they know, they listen attentively to the questions being asked of them and are quick to offer their suggestions. “Cereals that are healthy and have fiber in it” is one student’s recommendation for a breakfast that has plenty of whole grains.
The nutrition program is great preparation for the Healthy Schools Campaign’s district-wide poster contest, which offers awesome prizes that encourage physical activity: Disneyland tickets for 1st place (and we all know what great exercise a day at Disneyland provides!), a bicycle for 2nd place, and a $100 sports gift card for 3rd place. For more information about the poster contest, click here!