‘Serving up my Plate’ program educates health, nutrition

United Way, FCHD working with third graders

The United Way of Fulton County will provide a new program for the Wauseon Exempted Village School District. In partnership with the Fulton County Health Department, United Way of Fulton County will be piloting a program for the third grade classrooms at Wauseon Elementary School, called, “Serving up my Plate.”

The program is underway as a part of United Way’s Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative.

“The health of those in our community has always been a top priority area of United Way. Reaching children at a young age and getting them to adopt healthy choices early on helps pave the way for a healthier Fulton County,” said Tante Lovins, Resource Development and Community Engagement Coordinator of United Way of Fulton County.

The program will educate the students on healthy eating habits, portion sizes and the amount of sugar in beverages. The will also provide students the opportunity to learn the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities. Students will also learn the important role of physical activity in staying healthy.

Rachel Kinsman, Health Education Coordinator from the Fulton County Health Department will provide the “Serving up my Plate” program to the students once a week for three weeks. Each of the three educational sessions, she will spend 30 minutes covering various nutritional topics.

The program will also include tasting sessions to encourage the students to try new fruits and vegetables. To further encourage healthy eating United Way of Fulton County will provide fresh produce vouchers for the students during the program.

“Ultimately, with resources, we would love to see this program grow and expand to other school districts and involve a lot more fun and innovative ways to get kids excited about engaging in healthy behaviors, said Lovins.

For questions about this program or any United Way of Fulton County program, call the United Way office at 419-337-9606.

United Way, FCHD working with third graders