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Pre-kindergarten students see Foodplay performance

Approximately 300 pre-kindergarten students from across Hampton City Schools gathered at the Tarrant to see a live performance of Foodplay.  This is a national award-winning assembly program that teaches students about eating healthy and maintaining active lifestyles.  The show has won 10 national nutrition awards and an Emmy.

The show included juggling, motivating messages, music, magic, and audience participation.  Students sang and danced and learned the importance of eating “GO foods” instead of “WHOA foods”.  GO foods include foods that are rich in nutrients, like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein foods, and dairy.  WHOA foods are those foods that are highly processed that contain added sugars, fats, salt, and artificial additives.

The presentation also taught students how to create a balanced diet with all five food groups.  Information was also sent home to parents to encourage them to put what the students learned into action at home and during mealtimes.

Edwina Forrest, director of food and nutrition services, said, “Foodplay was a fun way to empower students and get them excited about eating healthier and becoming active.  I believe if you introduce students to a variety of foods early, it will play an important part in their food selections as they get older.”

Jessica Scott, a pre-k teacher at Andrews PreK-8 School, attended the program with her students and said the students loved the program.  Here are a few things that the students had to say about the program.

Aleczander Bolton said, “We should be drinking more water.  Water is good for us.”

Iyanna Carter said, “I learned about eating healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.”

Adorian Pelham said, “Do not drink too much soda.”

Zoie Rogers said, “We learned to have healthy teeth.  We don’t eat a lot of sugar.  Sugar hurts your teeth.”

One student, Sinclair Jones, took something else away from the program.  She said, “I loved the juggling.  I want to learn how to juggle.”

For more information, visit www.foodplay.com


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