By: Angela A. Farris, MA
During my rotation at Montgomery County School Lunch I was able to teach a FSNE (Food Stamp Nutrition Education) lesson about the importance of family meals to an engaged group of 2nd graders. Together we read a book called 'Family Meals' which was about a young bunny named Hop-a-lot who found all of the benefits of eating together with his family. It turns out the kids already knew that it was better to eat with their family at a table than in front of the TV, but they agreed it was difficult to always make time with their families' busy schedules.
Here are a few of the benefits we discussed:
- We're more likely to eat healthy, complete meals when we eat as a family.
- You'll be able to talk more about your day and your feedings with your family members.
- You feel safe when you're with your family
- You're less likely to over eat if you're concentrating on eating dinner and not distracted by the TV.
- Eating as a family at home is less stressful than eating on-the-go in a car or at a fast food restaurant.
Another highlight of my FSNE lesson was the when we were able to try a new food. This particular day the new food was....Pasta salad! Ingredients included raw eggplant, grape tomatoes, green bell pepper, whole wheat pasta, and italian dressing. Everyone received a bowl to try. The actual pasta salad received mixed reviews; but the goal was for each child to try something NEW which was certainly accomplished. Handouts were provided with the pasta salad recipe for each child to bring home to their family.