Today in sports, sixth grade boys learned how diet impacts their health, affecting athletic and academic performance. Today's session, the first in a series and part of a larger interdisciplinary unit of study on nutrition, was developed by the Athletics, Food Service and Health Service departments.
The day included an informative presentation led by a registered dietician from our food service company, Cater to You, who spoke to the boys about the importance of portion size, eating colorful phytonutrient-rich fruits and vegetables and whole grains, staying hydrated, and avoiding foods high in sugar and fat.
The session also had the boys up and playing in two games that reinforced the concepts taught: "Roll-n-Fit," in which boys performed exercises after rolling dice decorated with different foods; and "Build-a-Meal Basketball," which involved competing in teams to create the most healthy meals comprised of foods from each of the main food groups.
The boys clearly had fun competing in the games, while learning in a physically active way how to make smart food choices for optimal health and peak performance.
This year, as we consider the theme "Critical Analysis," drawn from our mission, this new addition to our athletics curriculum builds on efforts we have been making to expand our program to incorporate healthy lifestyle choices through nutrition and fitness.