Hooray for Health: Connecting Families to Farms

Happy National Nutrition Month!

Throughout March, Hannah Elementary will be celebrating National Nutrition Month in the classroom and cafeteria. Registered Dietitian (and Hannah mom) Abigail Sykes, School Nurse Lisa Carey, and P.E. teacher Roberta Brown are teaming up to run the fun, hands-on health and nutrition education program, Hooray for Health, for all grades. In the program, we will talk about how “eating the rainbow,” or eating fruits and vegetables of all colors, and other nutrient dense foods gives our bodies the fuel it needs to perform its best. Students will also take a tour around the body and learn how different body systems work.

The Hannah cafeteria is joining the fun by offering new fruits and vegetables throughout the month of March and providing samples of new side dishes. Students have the opportunity to try the sides and vote on their favorite. The winner will be incorporated into future school menus.

On Thursday, March 7th at 7pm, parents and caregivers can join a conversation about food systems and local food with an event hosted by Farmers to You, a year-round online farmers market. Farmers to You founder Greg Georgaklis and Christine Lazor of Butterworks Farm will lead the discussion. It is sure to be a fun, engaging evening. We hope a lot Hannah parents can join us!

This month is a fantastic time to try something new with your child. For example, you could make a chart to see how many fruits and vegetables of every color your family can eat this month. The possibilities are endless and whatever you decide to do, have fun with it. Let’s help show our children that eating the rainbow can be fun, delicious, and nutritious! 

The Hooray for Health program is supported and partially funded by a generous grant from the Beverly Education Foundation and the Hannah PTO.