It’s great to get a reminder that we’re not working alone on the lunch lines to get kids to make healthy choices. We’ve got people all around the school who are helping kids learn about nutrition and helping them to develop healthy habits that make today’s kids healthier than yesterday’s kids and plant the seeds for healthier kids in the future. One place to find partners in advocacy for health is in the FACS classroom.
We loved the following story from WHAS11…
Chelsea Folmsbee views her classroom as the front lines of a serious fight against obesity. “Maybe cook the zucchini just a little bit longer but other than that it looks great,” said Folmsbee from Robinson Secondary School. At Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia, students are chopping up fresh kale, zucchini, onions and garlic and pan-searing chicken.
With about one third of American adults considered obese, family and consumer sciences instructors like Folmsbee say it's not just about teaching teens what's healthy, but encouraging them to experiment with it. “I feel like a lot of times we see things in the grocery store and we don't get them because we don't know what to do with them. So if we can learn what to do with them we're more apt to buy them and use them,” said Folmsbee.
The nation's school lunches have recently undergone a transformation but Folmsbee wants to enable students to cook up healthy dishes, long after class is dismissed. Perhaps a new purpose for the old "home ec."