Tuesday marked the beginning of La Cañada Elementary School’s first-ever Nutrition Week, a schoolwide effort to teach students how to take care of their bodies through what they consume and why proper nutrition is so essential to their overall health.
The idea for Nutrition Week came from a group of parents who are passionate and knowledgable about healthy eating and wanted to bring the message of better eating to the entire campus. Dr. Annette Langer-Gould and Chieko Masciandaro are co-chairing the La Cañada Elementary PTA-sponsored event.
“Our goal is to teach our kids about nutrition in order to help them make informed choices about the food they eat,” said Shelley Beck, a PTA nutrition representative. “We want our kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, make water their beverage of choice and get active.”
Several 30-minute classroom presentations were given by parent volunteers throughout the week. Each class, depending on grade level, learned something different about nutrition and making healthy food choices. .