BID-Plymouth Providing Nutrition Education for Plymouth Students
Throughout the 2014-2015 school year, BID-Plymouth Dietician Marcia Richards provided nutrition and healthy food and beverage education to more than 1,400 elementary students during health fairs held at six of the eight public elementary schools in Plymouth.
During the health fairs, Marcia conducted a demonstration called Rethink Your Drink where she showed students how many grams of sugar there are in common drinks such as Mountain Dew and Dr. Pepper, and encouraged healthy beverage choices. She also had them play Nutrition Bingo as a fun way to learn about nutrition and why it is important. BID-Plymouth and the Plymouth School System have formed a collaborative relationship over the past couple of years with the hospital participating in various programs to provide community health education and services to students of Plymouth. When she was approached to attend the health fairs and provide nutrition and healthy option information for the kids, she was happy to help.
“Having a relationship with Plymouth Public Schools has been such a rewarding experience for BID-Plymouth,” says Marcia. “School administrators want nutrition education for their students and it is reassuring for them to know they can reach out to members of their community hospital who will then provide them with the appropriate resources and education tools.”
As the Healthy Plymouth Nutrition Facilitator, Marcia participates in a number of programs in the Plymouth community. Healthy Plymouth was established in 2011 by BID-Plymouth, the Town of Plymouth, and the Plymouth Public Schools to increase opportunities for Plymouth residents to eat better and move more in the places they live, learn, work, and play. For more information on Healthy Plymouth, please visit www.healthplymouth.org.