For the last four summers the GBFB Nutrition team has hosted Nutrition Fairs at Boys and Girls Club camps throughout the area. The Fairs educate campers in fun and interactive ways on how to make healthy choices. This year, the GBFB Team ventured to two camps in Dorchester, one in Fall River, and one in Brockton. Interactive stations are set up at the Fairs to teach the kids about different elements of nutrition:
Finally, our MyPlate Station (pictured) teaches how to build a healthy meal. The children practiced making a healthy plate by drawing foods they would eat on a paper plate. In Dorchester, one girl drew a big slice of pizza in the grain section, chicken in the protein section, and ice cream in dairy. She proudly announced “all done!” GBFB Nutritionist, Lauren, asked “where are your fruits and vegetables?” She giggled and drew some broccoli and an apple. She admitted to not liking fruits and veggies and that’s why she didn’t include them! Together, they talked about how fruits and veggies make you strong and different ways to incorporate important food groups such as making a veggie pizza, eating fruit as a snack, or topping your favorite yogurt or healthy cereal with fruit. MyPlate has proven to be a great way for kids to visualize what food groups are missing from their diets, and most importantly, why they are important.
GBFB’s mission is to end hunger here in eastern Massachusetts, and we also take responsibility and pride in ensuring that the food we distribute is high in quality and nutrition. Each year, 80% of our 48 million pound distribution meets the highest nutrition standards and 25% is comprised of fresh produce. We are committed to helping the one in nine residents of Eastern Massachusetts who do not know where their next meal will come from while promoting healthy lives and healthy communities. Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages this month for more pictures and experiences from the campers at our Nutrition Fairs! They learned a lot!