The Sussex County YMCA children at the Franklin Borough Elementary School after school care have been learning about how healthy eating habits and the daily physical activity keep your body in balance.
Through the “Healthy U” program, the children are learning how the foods they consume power their physical activity. They are learning that “Go,” foods are the healthiest foods that they can eat almost anytime, like skim, low fat dairy products, fruits and vegetables. “Slow” foods are sometimes foods, and shouldn’t be eaten everyday like waffles and pancakes. “Whoa” foods should make you say “Whoa! Should I eat that?” “Whoa” food are the least healthy foods or the once in a while foods like french fries or soda. They are also learning that if you eat “Go” foods more than “Slow” foods, and “Slow” foods more than “Whoa” foods along with physical activities every day, you will help your body’s energy stay in balance. The children have enjoyed learning that keeping their bodies in balance will give them the energy they need and it will last all day long.
In addition, they are learning how to take “Slow” or “Whoa” food and turn it into a “Go” food. The children enjoyed making air popped, unbuttered popcorn instead of microwave buttered popcorn and matched the “Go” food with a physical activity. For unbuttered popcorn the matching physical activity was 5 knee lifts as compared to 10 knee lifts for buttered popcorn.