Produce for Better Health offers programs for schools - The Packer

Produce for Better Health offers programs for schools

08/09/2013 01:44:00 PM
Melissa Shipman

Pack Assorted Colors for KidsCourtesy Produce for Better Health FoundationEach day of the school week is assigned a color in the Produce for Better Health Foundation’s P.A.C.K. promotion. Students are encouraged to try a variety of fruits and vegetables of the day’s assigned color. The acronym stands for Pack Assorted Colors for Kids.The Produce for Better Health Foundation offers parents and schools multiple resources that can be used to encourage children to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.

“It’s just a fun way to get kids to try and learn about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables,” said Kristen Stevens, senior vice president of the Hockessin, Del.-based foundation.

The resources are distributed and promoted through the website, as well as at various trade shows and social media efforts.

Examples of these resources include coloring pages and activity sheets for kids, supermarket tour information for schools, and P.A.C.K. week resources.

P.A.C.K. (which stands for Pack Assorted Colors for Kids) week is an educational program designed to encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables by packing colorful produce items in their lunch bags.

Each day is assigned a color. Associated resources help teach children about fruit and vegetable choices.

Stevens says many of the foundation’s resources are used by educators in the classroom but parents also can take advantage of them.

P.A.C.K. week contains elements for in-school and at-home use.

Stevens also said the program is typically used during the back-to-school time in the fall but can be used at any time.

Another in-school program is designed around introducing students to a fruit or vegetable each week or month.

“It seems to be very positive, not only for the school but also for the kids,” Stevens said.

The program is usually paired with a fruit and vegetable challenge in which students track their fresh produce consumption and compete against other classrooms to see who can eat the most healthfully.

“We’ve tried to provide resources that are educational and yet fun so students not only hear the info but have it retained,” Stevens said.

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