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Wednesday, April 22 • 4:00pm - 4:20pm
Did You Find Your Pot of Gold Today?

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Americans of many generations and social economic status are dealing with an obesity problem that now starts in childhood. According to the American Heart Association, the current generation of children is predicted to live a shorter lifespan than their parents due to obesity. Most programs available to address this problem are for adults and mine is for children. My plan addresses from the point of view that eating fresh fruits and vegetables give children the energy needed to do the things they want to do and makes doing so fun.  My plan focuses on early elementary school children but can be adapted to children of all ages.  I start with the question “Did you find your pot of gold today?” followed by a story of child’s walk with its grandmother to find the end of the rainbow, meeting growers and sellers of fresh fruits and vegetables along the way.  The children who comprise the audience are also participants during the story telling.  After the story telling there is an exercise which the children take home so their family is also exposed to the plan.  A follow up in the classroom one week later asks how many days the children ate a colorful array of fruits and vegetables. Promise for use of this strategy will be discussed.


Wednesday April 22, 2015 4:00pm - 4:20pm PDT
410 Wilma Sherrill Center

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