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Proviso East High School’s Health Center Works with Students and Teachers to Celebrate Food Day and Health Awareness

November 3, 2011 03:45 PM
Food Day at Proviso East
Maywood, IL...Every day, in high schools across the country, students are left to make food choices that could impact their overall health. That is why the Proviso East School Based Health Center called each student to class to celebrate Food Day, to promote healthy eating, and to begin a dialogue around food choices and health awareness.

Organizations across the country celebrated Food Day on October 24, 2011. The school based health center scheduled events that entire week to support and educate students on urban farming, agriculture, the connection between food and the community, global food production, and how all of these things affect their daily lives.

 "Being a dietician, I think that food is integrally related to a lot of aspects of our lives," said the Proviso East School Based Health Center dietician, Joanne Kouba, Ph.D. "We really want to encourage students to use food in a positive way. That is what today is all about. Students make food choices all the time. We are encouraging them to learn about more healthy behaviors, and we are giving them the tools to put those healthy behaviors into place."

The school based health center’s Food Day curriculum offered five lessons designed to teach Proviso students the importance of eating real, fresh food; cutting back on processed foods, and advocating for a healthier community. The curriculum complemented a few of Food Day’s six goals: 1. Reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods, 2. Support sustainable farms and limit subsidies to big agribusiness, 3. Expand access to food and alleviate hunger, 4. Protect the environment and animals by reforming factory farms, and 5. Promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids.

Each class period the Proviso East High School auditorium was filled with physical education classes who came to learn more. The Food Day curriculum was designed to encourage students to "eat real" and support healthy, affordable food grown in a sustainable and humane way. Other lessons taught students to eat mostly plants and to be conscious of portion control.

Thank you, Proviso East School Based Health Clinic! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!


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