Friday, May 11, 2018

Eating a Rainbow



Mrs. Bilotta's East Coventry First Grade class
Yesterday and today were special family celebrations at East Coventry Elementary School --Fruit with Families. Families were able to have breakfast together prior to the school day, and brightly colored fruit cups were a feature menu item.

Wellness leader, Mrs. Lisa Bailey, and other staff members worked hard to create a healthy breakfast and a lasting nutrition lesson. This year, the theme was Eating a Rainbow. Boys and girls learned about the value of eating brightly colored fruits and vegetables. 

Classroom teachers could challenge their students to see how many colors they consumed each day. In Mrs. Bilotta's first grade class, the worked all week to tally the colors they consumed. Today, the created replicas of those foods to add to their own class rainbow. They cut them out and we worked cooperatively to create it! They certainly ate a variety of fruits and vegetables. They loved it, and their work of art is a fantastic visual representation of their efforts to be purposeful in choosing fruits and vegetables.

Below are the announcements from which students learned about the value of eating each color:



Monday May 7
This week we are celebrating EATING THE RAINBOW  in honor of Fruit for Families.
Each day we will focus on a color. Today’s color is RED!
Red fruits and vegetables keep our heart strong, helps with memory, and reduces risk of cancer.
Examples include tomatoes, strawberries, cherries, watermelon, red apples, red pepper, red onion, and raspberries.
What are some of your favorites? Let your teacher know how many RED foods you eat today!

Tuesday May 8
This week we are celebrating EATING THE RAINBOW  in honor of Fruit for Families.
Each day we will focus on a color. Today’s colors are ORANGE AND YELLOW!
Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables keep our hearts and eyes healthy, and helps prevent colds and illnesses.
Examples include carrots, pineapple, sweet potatoes, yellow and orange peppers, lemons, pumpkin, mangoes, oranges, and cantaloupes.
What are some of your favorites? Let your teacher know how many ORANGE AND YELLOW foods you eat today!

Wednesday May 9
This week we are celebrating EATING THE RAINBOW  in honor of Fruit for Families.
Each day we will focus on a color. Today’s colors are WHITE AND BROWN!
White and brown fruits and vegetables keep our heart healthy, reduces the risk of cancer, and helps with cholesterol levels.
Examples include onion, mushrooms, cauliflower, coconut, pears, parsnips, and bananas.
What are some of your favorites? Let your teacher know how many WHITE AND BROWN foods you eat today!

Thursday May 10
This week we are celebrating EATING THE RAINBOW  in honor of Fruit for Families.
Each day we will focus on a color. Today’s color is GREEN!
Green fruits and vegetables keep our bones and teeth strong, reduces the risk of cancer, and keeps our eyes healthy.
Examples include spinach, green beans, cucumbers, broccoli, avocadoes, limes, green apples, asparagus, and honeydew.
What are some of your favorites? Let your teacher know how many GREEN foods you eat today!

Friday May 11
This week we are celebrating EATING THE RAINBOW  in honor of Fruit for Families.
Each day we will focus on a color. Today’s color are BLUE AND PURPLE!
Blue and purple fruits and vegetables help us age well and keep our memory strong.
Examples include eggplant, purple cabbage, raisins, purple grapes, beets, plums, and blueberries.
What are some of your favorites? Let your teacher know how many BLUE AND PURPLE foods you eat today!

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