March is national nutrition month, promoting healthy food and exercise habits for children across the nation. Recently a group of Kids Cafe students from Carson Elementary took a field trip to Cincinnati COOKS! as part of a program for obesity reduction and prevention. Funded through a grant by the Community Leadership Institute through the University of Cincinnati’s Academic Health Center, the students were given a survey about their eating and exercise choices. The Freestore Foodbank program staff then designed community-based program incorporating the 5210 Initiative for healthy living, which helps kids and families learn the value of a healthy lifestyle.
While at Cincinnati COOKS!, the students had a lunch made especially for them while Chef Marcus spoke with the students about their meal and how it was prepared. He explained how you can prepare healthy food to taste good, and stressed the importance of following the 5-2-1-0 suggestions for a fit lifestyle:
- 5 Fruits and Veggies
- 2 Hours or less of recreational screen time (TV & Computer)
- 1 Hour or more of physical activity
- 0 Sugary drinks, more water and low-fat milk
The day ended with the students making their very own healthy desserts out of yogurt and fresh fruit and each student that received their very own Cincinnati COOKS! t-shirt.