May 29, 2012

Empowered to Make Healthy Choices

Author: Maria Conley, RD, LD/N

Over the last 6 weeks, high-schoolers at one of our new Kids Café sites—the Eatonville Boys & Girls Club—have dove into nutrition! A special thanks to Winter Park Health Foundation for their generous support and funding.

These were a great group of teens, and I really enjoyed working with them. They were always full of energy, ideas, and opinions. Each session started with a snack, and then went into a lesson and activity. Topics included what to pick at a fast food restaurant, making nutritious drink choices, reading food labels, understanding portion size, the importance of exercise, and goal-setting.

Their creative juices were stirred by having them create skits to reinforce their learning. They also worked in groups to provide problem-solving advice to common teen health issues. The take-away message is always: you have the power to choose.

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Maria Ali, RD, LD/N
Nutrition Manager
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida



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