Real Food for Kids Food Day is an annual event held each October for elementary school students designed to build awareness of and inclination for healthy choices and gauge a change in knowledge and attitudes about foods and exercise.
The event, a multi-faceted student experience, has often been referred to as a Food “Field Day” with rotating stations focused on nutrition education, food tastings, and physical activity. This model, developed by Real Food for Kids, has gained national attention and has inspired satellite events. The success of the program lies in its ability to touch every student during the school day with a positive, sustainable experience around healthy choices. The event also engages local community partners to continue building the relationships that support those choices.
Past Food Day events have taken place at elementary schools throughout Fairfax and Loudoun counties. This year, Real Food for Kids will partner with Carlin Springs Elementary, a Community School in Arlington County.
The signature feature of Real Food for Kids Food Day event is the “Big Salad” made in a baby pool with the help of the youngest students. Other activities have included interactive presentations on sports nutrition and creating your own healthy plate, obstacle courses and aerobic/dance sessions, plant-based food and whole grain bread tastings as well as a power breakfast chef demonstration.
Schools present a unique and targeted opportunity to reach a community of students with important health modeling and messaging, and an opportunity to actively relate these messages to class curriculum. In 2018, Real Food for Kids released a Food Day Toolkit for Schools, a downloadable resource to guide schools and PTAs through developing an impactful program unique to their community.
Watch this video from Food Day 2019!
Real Food For Kids is committed to working in collaboration with our partners to increase the quantities of healthful foods in our school systems, developing and delivering programs that educate our students and their families on making healthier lifestyle choices, and ensuring access to real whole foods for all school children.
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