Dairy Challenge Includes Family and Focus on Literacy!

June 12, 2009 at 7:01 pm | Posted in Nutrition focus: Dairy Challenges | Leave a comment
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  1. A great example of a Game On! challenge that reached students, staff and families was implemented at Raymond Elementary in Marysville, Ohio.  Raymond Elementary is in Marysville Exempted Village School District, and has around 250 students in grades K-4.  Nurse Teri Heard lists three main components of the challenge:

1.  Milk tasting during Lunch – students were offered free samples of 3 flavors of milk and  voted on which flavor they like best.  The  results were posted around school, using “Think Your Drink” materials from American Dairy Association.   Number one choice: CHOCOLATE!

2.  Nurse Teri Heard visited all 10 classrooms, read the 2008 OhiRaymondterireadingclaribelo Farm Bureau’s Award for Children’s Literature book, “Clarabelle” , and shared interesting facts about Ohio agriculture, and dairy farming.  Since Ohio is the number one producer of swiss cheese, she ended her story time with what else – a snack of swiss cheese!

3.  Family YMCA Fun Night – Over 130 students and family members turned out February 6th to join in Raymond’s first Family YMCA Fun Night.  Participants rotated through various stations that highlighted moving more and making better food choices. Favorites included swimming in the pool and the Dairy Challenge Kick-Off station, where families posed for their Milk Mustache photos and students were able to build yogurt parfaits.  Families also joined efforts in the Boot Camp station and parents heard Pediatrician Dr. Justin Krueger present on ‘Raising a Fit Kid in an Un-Fit World’ while students enjoyed a Health and Fitness Game with the Honda Wellness Center.


Many community resources were on hand to support this event, including the Union Co. YMCA staff, the Honda Wellness Center, the Union Co. Health Department, Memorial Hospital, Marysville Pediatrics, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Action for Healthy Kids, the American Dairy Association Mid-East, and the Ohio Department of Education. The family event was made possible by Raymond’s involvement in the Operation Fit Kids program with Honda’s Wellness Center and the Union Co. YMCA. Event costs, which included  food for the yogurt parfait station was supplied by the Union Co. YMCA and the Honda Wellness Center. 

And then to review the main, or “core” messages of the Game On! Dairy Challenge, nurse Teri Heard sent out a 1 page, 2 sided flyer to all parents – to make sure those who couldn’t attend the family night received some of the same information.  Wonderful way to sum it all up!  Click here for a pdf of the document originally designed in Microsoft Publisher:  RaymondElemDairyChallenge

The only expenses incurred were $10 for the swiss cheese she gave out after reading “Claribel” to each classroom, and $90 for the milk tasting, which was paid for from a Game On! pilot grant from Ohio Action for Healthy Kids.

Great job Teri and Raymond Elementary!  Thanks also to Marysville EVS District for their exemplary wellness policy, which states the directive for nutrition education within the health curriculum.  This confirms the district’s commitment, helps everyone get on the same page, and encourages community partnerships for the long term.  No wonder Raymond has been awarded the status of a Gold level Buckeye Best Healthy School!  For more info on what it takes to become a Buckeye Best Healthy School, go to http://www.healthyohioprogram.org/healthpromotion/school/schools.aspx


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