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Organize a Wellness Day for Students & Staff

Northbrook Store, Northbrook, IL

  • Join local organizations to host a school wellness day
  • Modify HTP curriculum to explain healthy eating basics in 40-60 minute sessions
  • Share info on a balanced diet, a greens quiz, green smoothies & non-dairy milk tasting

The Northbrook store joined more than 30 other organizations to present The Skokie School Health and Wellness Day to 5th and 6th graders in Winnetka, IL. Each student attended 6 different 40 minute sessions throughout the day, accompanied by staff members who also got to see the demonstrations. Event Specialist Sarah Kurysz organized WFM’s session, using the Healthy Teachers Program as a guide.

Balanced Diet

The first part of the class covered eating a balanced diet and included the 3 basic principles of HTP: eat greens first, eat multiple colors, and eat close to nature. Using an interactive question and answer session, Sarah and her team discussed MyPlate recommendations. Asking kids questions like “Why should we not choose bacon as our protein source?” and “Although pepperoni pizza contains every section of our healthy plate, how could we find a more nutritious way of combining these ingredients?” gets them thinking about what MyPlate really means.

Greens Quiz

Next, the Northbrook team had their classes work in groups of 4 or 5 to correctly name 10 different types of greens from the store. Students were encouraged to taste, smell, and examine each green, as well as ask questions. Any green produce will do for this quiz, but the 10 greens Sarah brought were:

  • Broccolini
  • Tomatillo
  • Cilantro
  • Curly kale
  • Arugula
  • Ramps
  • Zucchini
  • Dandelion greens
  • Parsley
  • Bok choy

Green Smoothies

For really great example of a healthy snack, Sarah’s team showed each group how to make smoothies and shared samples with the students. The smoothies had hemp milk, spinach, oats, banana, pineapple, mango, and berries. While everyone was slurping down their delicious drinks, they talked about substituting other fruits, veggies, and proteins into the recipe.

Non-Dairy Milk Tasting

The last part of each session was an opportunity to sample different types of non-dairy milk. These are ingredients that many homes don’t use, so kids don’t often get to try. For this class, options were:

  • Rice milk
  • Almond milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Hemp milk
  • Soy milk