Nutrition Grows on You! A Nutrition Demonstration Project for 4th Grade Students in Muncie Public Schools

This project was a collaboration between Chef Christopher Polo of the Muncie Community Schools (MCS), Chartwells Dining Service K-12, and the senior dietetics students in NUTR 456 Community Nutrition. The students worked with Chef Polo to design, develop, and implement interactive nutrition education lessons, food demonstrations, and taste testings for all fourth-grade students in MCS. The students learned first-hand from Chef Polo about the food habits and behaviors of children. Chef Polo worked with the students to identify healthy recipes for taste-testing and simple healthy recipes the children can make. This collaborative project introduced the students to a potential career in school food-service while concomitantly providing them with a hands-on nutrition education experience. Similarly, the fourth graders were introduced to a variety of new foods, learned basic nutrition information, and practiced basic cooking skills which will help them and their families eat healthier.

Faculty Mentor: Carol Friesen
Department: Nutrition and Health Science
Community Partner: Muncie Community Schools
Students: Brianne Abell, Kailey Adkins, Morgan Brebberman, Dina Choucair, Molly Dirrim, Hope Eckland, Rachel Erdman, Shanae Gambles, Bradley Horton, Jonathan Isbill, Alexis Kampe, Sara Kruszynski, Adrienne Mayfield, Justin Pineiro, Alexis Sewell, Allie Shrader, Tieara Smith, Carly Spirito, Dakota Stites, Toni Stoermann, Sarah Tinkle, Cassidy Wheeler, Beth Wolters, Macey Zimmerman

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