Though a great deal of our evolutionary history remains shrouded in controversy, the one fact that every paleoanthropologist on the planet accepts can be summarized in two words: We moved.-John Medina "Brain Rules"
HAPPY HEALTHY BIRTHDAY CLUB
The happy healthy birthday club is an opportunity for our students to be healthy leaders in our school. Students who choose to bring a healthy snack for their birthdays or to a classroom party will be recognized in Phys Ed for their efforts to make our great school a healthier place. All leaders' pictures will be featured on the happy healthy birthday wall in the gym. What is healthy? Check below for some guidelines and suggestions on how to make it on the wall!
Guidelines These guidelines are a good start. All healthy snacks are not limited to these suggestions, so feel free to share ideas! -fruit, vegetable, or nut-based snacks -free of butter -free of artificial ingredients -baked goods in which fruits (dates, bananas, etc.) are used as the sweetener -whole foods: When bringing fruit, the entire fruit is the best. Juices and fruit strips/roll-ups often take the sugar from the fruit but omit the valuable fiber. -dark chocolate? Sure! Dark chocolate has valuable antioxidants and has significantly less sugar than milk chocolate. The higher the percentage the better!
Ideas Here are some popular choices from our students in the past: -fruit kebobs -fruit art! Clementine-o-lanterns or funny faced-bananas are a great way to allow our kids to be creative, have fun, and eat healthy! -dark chocolate covered strawberries (or other fruits) -ants on a log (peanut butter on celery with raisins on top) -fruit parfaits (many coconut and greek yogurts have relatively low sugar) -fruit cups/fruit salad -veggie platter with hummus -just plain fruit or vegetables! Who doesn't love a slice of watermelon? -water! Bringing water to a party is an easy way to be a part of the hhb. Add some lemon, lime, or orange wedges to make it burst with healthy colors!
We encourage our students to be healthy leaders and eaters! If a student makes an attempt to be healthy but does not quite meet the guidelines for various reasons, we will still recognize them as the effort is there!