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Delta State students partner for good nutrition

By April 20, 2009General

First-graders, from left, Randria Brand, Alexis Jones and Madison Horton look over nutrition tool kits delivered to Parks Elementary School in Cleveland by Delta State students (from left) Erica Coates of Belzoni, Jamie Gregory of Cleveland, Lindsay Boyette of Cleveland, and John Henderson of Columbus.

Delta State University students recently delivered 76 nutrition tool kits to first and second grade classes in the Cleveland area.

The kits were prepared by the Family and Consumer Science 444 Child Nutrition class taught by Draughon McPherson and Dr. Jacinda Roach.
The purpose of the kits is to promote good nutrition during the early years by providing teacher-friendly lessons and activities which are fun for the students.  Each kit contains a nutrition lesson plan on various topics such as "Healthy Snacks," "Make a Rainbow on Your Plate," "Portion Distortion," and "Good Fats vs. Bad Fats." 
The kits include at least one hands-on related activity, supplies to conduct the lesson, and a gift card to purchase nutritious snacks such as unusual fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products for the children to taste.
This is the fourth year the kits have been made possible through mini-grants from Delta State University for a research project conducted by the Delta State Food, Nutrition and Dietetics Program.
The Nutrition Tool Kit project is just one of the many exciting things happening during the "Delta State University Year of Partnerships."