Green Smoothies

Green Smoothies

Last week the Atlantic City High School Alternative School in Atlantic City held an all-day health fair that was attended by the entire student body (65 students). The high school set up several classrooms as stations where medical students from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ and representatives from the Atlantic City Health Department presented different health topics, including BMI and blood pressure, HIV, substance abuse, diabetes, cholesterol, hygiene, nutrition, obesity and vitamins. Following a nutritious lunch, where students were able to try “green smoothies” prepared by AtlantiCare staff, they went to each room to hear the medical students’/health department’s presentations. As part of the nutrition, obesity and vitamins station students played a roulette-type game where they were able to answer questions about the benefits of adding fruits and vegetables to their diets. Students had to identify vegetables and fruits that might not be in their diet. Students were excited not only for a non-typical school day but also an opportunity to learn about health and wellness. This event received very positive feedback from students and staff.

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