Who knew? Wisconsin Cheesehead hats put to good use!

July 27, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Posted in Nutrition focus: Dairy Challenges | Leave a comment
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Chris cheesehead


Dairy challenges can be alot of fun – there are so many ways to engage students with positive messages about nutrition!  Here we see Westerville City Schools dietitian Chris Baumann answering questions during a free cheese tasting during lunch – students were offered three types of of cheese cubes and asked to vote on their favorite at Pointview Elementary. 

  Classroom teachers were offered the option and provided with age-appropriate, hands on classroom activity lessons on calcium and the importance of nutrient dense calories.      This challenge was done during the last week of school when teachers are often looking for some fun activities to round out the year and hit those last few standards.   A fifth grade class drew a graph that displayed the results of the voting and posted it the last day of school in the cafeteria.  Parents were sent home an informational flyer about the dairy challenge and also about the importance of dairy, or high calcium foods for those who may be lactose intolerant.   To add to the excitement, posters like this cheesetasting poster were posted around the school a few days before.

Wisconsin Cheesehead hats in Ohio?  Why not?

Wisconsin Cheesehead hats in Ohio? Why not?

Look at these lovely ladies who encouraged students to sample cheeses and cast a vote for which they liked best – “Your vote ‘cow-nts’ with us!”

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

Comprehensive Dairy Classroom Challenge At Norwich Elementary

May 11, 2009 at 4:31 pm | Posted in Nutrition focus: Dairy Challenges | Leave a comment
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Families sampled yogurt parfaits instead of the typical fair food for $.50 a piece!

Families sampled yogurt parfaits instead of the typical fair food for $.50 a piece!

In preparation for the upcoming classroom 3-day dairy challenge, wellness committee members at Norwich Elementary in Hilliard organized and staffed a yogurt parfait tasting table at the annual fair fundraiser, which took the place of the usual cotton candy or sno-cone sales. 

Click here to see the accompanying handout, which actually hits all the GameOn challenges we have done so far – fruit and veggies, whole grains, and dairy Yogurt parfait handout.  At this time, milk moustache photos were taken of students, and also the popular recess aide that the kids adore.

 A month later, teachers were offered the chance to have their students set a goal as a class for how many dairy servings they will eat in three days, track their dairy servings, and then see if they met their goal.  If they met their goal, they received a gift card to Walmart for $20 to buy something for the class.  (grant money helping here).  Here’s the form that went to the teachers:  clrmdairychallengeformNorwich

The day before the classroom challenge was to begin, one of the more theatrical parents dressed up as a cow and handed out bookmarks to kids getting on the buses to get students excited!

Dairy cow hands out bookmarks as students leave school - reminds them to have "3 A  Day!"

Dairy cow hands out bookmarks as students leave school - reminds them to have "3 A Day!"

 In addition, classroom activity sheets and materials were placed in the staff lounge for teachers to help themselves.    A tasting of 3 different types of cheese (including soy cheese) was offered and organized by parent volunteers in the cafeteria during lunch on the last day of “Dairy Week”.  

Voting process in the cafeteria - which cheese do you like best?
Here students vote for which cheese they         Results of the voting were posted –
like best!                                                                             and satisfied a 3rd grade math standard!
A classroom poster contest was also offered –  Wellness committee members served as judges and the winning classroom will recieve a smoothie and classroom milk moustache party.  Here is the poster that won below, created by Mrs. Stroh’s K-1st grade class:
Classroom Dairy Poster Contest Winner!

Classroom Dairy Poster Contest Winner!

Here’s the form that went to parents, to let them know what is happening: Dairychallenge parentflyr page1, dairychallengepage2parentflyr
Here’s some posters that were posted around the school!   There were some of the recess aide, and some of students with milk moustaches as well. Mr Kelly
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