May 17, 2012
The Yoga Stretch. The Strawberry Relay. The Carrot Hop. The Splash Relay. It might not be the 100 meter dash but these events are just a few of the fun and education activities fourth and fifth grade students at three Elk Grove Unified School District elementary schools will participate in through the Nutrition Olympics events coming to their schools this spring.
This exciting educational event combines physical activity and nutrition together to encourage students to eat more fruits and vegetables and to exercise 60 minutes a day for better health.
“The Nutrition Olympics are a fun way for students to be physically active while learning about making healthy food choices,” said Anne Gaffney, R.D., Nutrition Specialist in Elk Grove Unified School District’s Food and Nutrition Services. “All of the games are tied to a fruit or vegetable and nutrition information is provided.”
The event highlights the serious health consequences of poor diet and sedentary lifestyle, and encourages children to make healthy food choices and to be physically active. The Nutrition Olympics is sponsored by EGUSD Food and Nutrition Services, in collaboration with the Network for a Healthy California.
The Nutrition Olympics will visit the following schools on these dates:
The Network for a Healthy California is a public health effort working with hundreds of partners and organizations to empower low-income Californians to live healthier lives through good nutrition and physical activity. Funding is from the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly the Food Stamp Program). For food stamp information, call 877-847-3663. Click here for more information about the Network for a Healthy California.