Real Food For Kids held its 4th annual Food Day event at Mount Eagle Elementary School in Alexandria, VA on October 24. The entire student body, more than 400 students, participated in the event. The students were guided through a series of stations, each designed to educate them on the importance of food choices and their impact on fitness and academic performance. Event highlights included:
- Michael Kiss from Mom’s Organic Market provided the event’s produce and talked to the students about food origins.
- Cook Jonathan Bardzik talked about the importance of breakfast, showing the students how to make fresh applesauce and providing them with topping ideas for their morning oatmeal.
- Liza Moran of Williams-Sonoma showed the students how to create trail mix using readily available ingredients found in most grocery stores.
- Sports Nutritionist Liz Credi helped kids gain a better understanding about the connection between athletic performance and nutrition.
- Heart and Soul’s Mary Beth Quick taught the students basic yoga moves.
Nutrition and fitness activities were structured to fit with these students’ daily lives, as Mount Eagle is a Title 1 school, and over 70 percent of its students are eligible for the federal free-and-reduced lunch program.
“All of the presenters were outstanding,” said Mount Eagle Principal Jean Consolla. “Every station was a hit, and the feedback from the teachers and kids was nothing but positive.”
“I was thrilled to see the excitement and enthusiasm of the Mount Eagle students for the new and different healthful food options offered at the Real Food For Kids’ Food Day,” said school board member Sandy Evans, a long-time supporter of Real Food For Kids. “The kids flocked to the many new choices and seemed to enjoy them all. I’d love to see more of these events at our schools.”