Project Name: Healthy Kids Week

This project was funded by the ASMBS Foundation, and is not a current or ongoing program of the ASMBS Foundation. For more information on this project please contact the grant recipient – Orvis Risner Elementary School, Edmond, OK.

Program Activities and Description:
The objectives of Healthy Kids Week:

  • Provide students with sound nutritional advice in which they will be able to make informed decisions about what they consume.
  • Study the impact of nutrition and exercise on the student’s academic performance.
  • Raise awareness of hidden calories, nutritional deficiencies, empty calories and basic nutritional recommendations.

This week included a school-wide assembly with guest Chef Dave Fouts who discussed the benefits of healthy eating in jeopardy game format. Chef Dave then guided the kitchen staff and was allowed to “tweak” the menu to provide a healthy meal that was less than 500 calories. This included a baked potato bar, turkey filling, fresh vegetable bar, baked tortillas and homemade strawberry shortcakes.

Chef Dave also conducted mini cooking demonstrations and nutritional information sessions in small group setting. These lessons provided essential information for the students and allowed them to ask some very important questions, such as: “How many calories should I consume in a day?” “How long will it take to me to burn off the calories from lunch?”

A poster contest and essay contest were also held. The topic for this contest was: “How healthy choices affect my Future.”