BROCTON - The Westfield Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently chose a new Community Outreach Project.
It decided it was important to teach young children about nutrition and healthy eating. This project was based on the new "My Plate" guidelines as recommended by the United States Department of Agriculture which has replaced the traditional Food Pyramid.
The Outreach Committee, with Chairman Marie Leone and auxiliary board members Carol Widrig, Roberta Patterson and Lynette Huddy, researched information about the new guidelines and prepared materials to be utilized with second and third grade students.
Marie Leone is shown with projects made by second and third grade Brocton Central School students as they learned about the new “My Plate” guidelines from Westfield Memorial Auxiliary’s Outreach Committee. The projects are available for anyone to see at the Westfield Memorial Hospital near the cafeteria.
With the cooperation of Brocton Central School Elementary Principal Sandra Olson and classroom teachers Bonnie Bromsted, Dawn Bates, Amy Miller and Stephanie Aniszewski, the committee was able to teach approximately 90 students about the new guidelines. The lessons were taught by auxiliary board member and retired Brocton teacher Lynette Huddy. The other committee members assisted with the lessons and the culminating project.
The lessons began with some stories about funny eaters entitled "Seven Silly Eaters and Gregory, The Terrible Eater." The children enjoyed the books, which also gave them the opportunity to interact with the story characters.
The lessons proceeded with charts of the "My Plate" guidelines and what foods would be in each category. Each child was given a food picture, and they had to put it in the correct category of fruits, vegetables, protein or grains. Everyone had milk on their projects to represent the dairy category.
As the culminating activity, each child designed their own placemat and added a plate, glass of milk, napkin and silverware. The children selected their own choices of food to be placed in each section of their plate from pre-cut food pictures which were contributed by the entire WMH Auxiliary Board. A "Super Kid" award was placed on each completed project. As they concluded their "My Plate" project, the children were given "Veggie Tales" and "From Cow To You" activity sheets. The children also received informational sheets outlining the new "My Plate" guidelines for them to share with their families.
These projects can be viewed at the Westfield Memorial Hospital near the cafeteria and all parents, students and community members are encouraged and invited to come in to see the creative efforts of the children and to learn about the new "My Plate" guidelines.