Students Learn Nutrition and Science in New Education Experience

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Record Number: 19695
Displayed from: Mar 23, 2023 , until: May 23, 2023

Fort Wayne Community Schools is combining food and science to offer middle school students a unique new experience. 
Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) is a gardento-table cooking and nutrition program teaching seventh grade students basic cooking skills and the importance of healthy eating. During the course, the students are learning kitchen safety, such as how to wash and prep food, cutting techniques, how to measure, how to read nutrition labels, and more. Students are working together to make a different recipe each day incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables. This allows them the opportunity to taste different foods and learn that healthy foods can also taste good.  
The food and supplies are paid for by an Indiana Department of Health grant received by the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation. The development of the HEAL curriculum is a partnership between the St. Joseph Community Foundation and Parkview Health. It emphasizes the importance of eating five servings a day of produce; studies show that increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables has a positive impact on health outcomes and can help reduce the incidence of chronic disease, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Media is invited to visit these young culinary students at 10 a.m., March 28, at Miami Middle School, 8100 Amherst Road.      

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.