Whole Grains Challenge

May 2, 2009 at 4:13 am | Posted in Nutrition Focus: Whole Grains Challenges | Leave a comment
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A grandma - happy to help volunteer!

A grandma - happy to help volunteer!

Columbus Torah Academy’s wellness committee organized a whole grains challenge, where students, teachers and parents learned about whole grains.    They held an oatmeal breakfast, with new and creative toppings for students to sample, and

Happy to try a new oatmeal topping!

the next day during lunch, students  were offered a “make your own” yogurt parfait bar, which included whole grain granola.  Table tents with whole grain information were placed on the lunch tables, and new posters were up on the walls.  As an incentive, students who participated were entered into a drawing to win prizes.   Older students were given a quiz during class; the answers to which were on new posters in the cafeteria.  Volunteers purchased some prizes from Ohio Action for Healthy Kids grant funds, and others were donated.         

 

For this special week, the food service director served brown rice, whole grain rolls, and whole wheat tortillas as wraps.  She remarked that complaints were sparce; in fact very few students even noticed!  When asked about barriers to serving whole grains more, she mentioned the fact that the commodities she needs to use are mostly refined grain products.

One of the prizes - a gift certificate from a local bakery

One of the prizes - a gift certificate for challuh bread from a local bakeryFun fitness and wellness prizes for all who participated in tasting!

Parent volunteers help purchase food and prepare for tasting

Parent volunteers help purchase food and prepare for tasting

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