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Healthy Eating in Hartford. Elaina Rollins Katie Barlok. Introduction to the Curriculum. WHO? Fifth grade classroom in a Hartford public school with students who are predominantly lower class and students of color. WHY? Experience in school placements Hartford is a food desert.

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Healthy Eating in Hartford

Elaina Rollins

Katie Barlok

introduction to the curriculum
Introduction to the Curriculum

WHO? Fifth grade classroom in a Hartford public school with students who are predominantly lower class and students of color.

WHY?

  • Experience in school placements
  • Hartford is a food desert
food insecurity in hartford
Food insecurity in Hartford

FOOD DESERT: An urban neighborhood or rural town without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food.

  • 33% of Hartford citizens live in poverty.
  • Nutritional foods cost about $27/1000 calories, while saturated fat foods cost about $3/1000 calories
  • Latino children in Hartford report eating nearly 7 servings of sweets a day and only 3 servings of fruits and vegetables.

SOURCE: Hartford Food System, Livestrong

objectives
OBJECTIVES
  • Students will learn about short-term and long-term effects of healthy eating.
  • Students will analyze the influence of media on food choices.
  • Students will assess food price injustice in their own community.
  • Students will learn to value and utilize the benefits of community gardens.
  • Students will advocate for personal and school community health.
overview of the week
OVERVIEW OF THE WEEK

MONDAY

  • Daily Food Journals
  • Healthy snack tasting
  • Healthy eating worksheet

TUESDAY

  • Junk food advertisement discussion
  • Creation of a healthy food advertisement

WEDNESDAY

  • Shopping on a budget activity

THURSDAY

  • Field trip to Trinfo Café Garden

FRIDAY

  • Reflection on daily lunch journals
  • Discussion of nutritional problems within the school
  • Letter to school principal about ideas for change
tuesday
TUESDAY

OBJECTIVE: Students will analyze the influence of media on food choices.

final assessment
Final Assessment

The final assessment will focus on each student’s letter to the school principal and how well their letter incorporates:

  • Observations of school lunches
  • Facts from the healthy eating worksheet
  • Food price injustice knowledge
  • Community garden knowledge