Thanks to a grant from the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids, which was awarded to the Sussex County YMCA, children at the Franklin Borough Elementary School have been given an opportunity to learn about healthy eating habits.
The kids have been learning about “Go,” “Slow,” and “Whoa” foods through the “Healthy U” program. “Go” foods are the healthiest foods that children can eat almost anytime, such as fruits and vegetables, skim and low-fat milk. “Slow” foods are sometimes foods, and shouldn’t be eaten everyday such as waffles and pancakes. “Whoa” foods should make you say “Whoa! Should I eat that?” “Whoa” foods are the least healthy foods or the once in a while foods such as french fries or soda. When children know the difference between “Go,” “Slow,” and “Whoa” foods, they feel empowered to make smart choices for healthy eating.
In addition, the children have been learning portion control using “MyPlate” learning activities. “MyPlate” gives children a strong visual picture of the five food groups – fruits, vegetables, grains, protein (meat, beans, fish, and nuts), milk and dairy products.