Thanks to the hard work of Heather Johnson, Dianna Gielstra & Dianne Koehler, Wells Branch Elementary has been awarded the 2015-16 Nourish U Award (#NourishU)!
Here is information from the official award letter:
Wells Branch Elementary was awarded a 2015-2016 Nourish U: Healthy Eating and Drinking Mini-Grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Community Collaborative for Child Health. This award of $500 will support the Discovery Food Taste Tests for the 2016 school year, and the results are to be presented at the Collaborative’s 4th Annual Wellness Summit in May, 2016.
To increase food knowledge and health, Round Rock ISD gives their students an opportunity to try a Discovery Food that is presented each month in the cafeteria. Wells Branch Elementary is currently conducting a “Taste Test” during P.E. for every class the week before the food is offered in the cafeteria. Thus, every student in the school learns what the new food is, hears about the health benefits, and gets an opportunity to see the food whole and a chance to taste the new food.
In November the children tasted spaghetti squash. They saw a whole squash, a cut squash, and heard about the health benefits of spaghetti squash. Finally, the children lined up to taste this vegetable, which was the first exposure for many. The Community Collaborative for Child Health is hosted by the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at the Austin Regional Campus of The University of Texas School of Public Health. For more details on the Collaborative’s efforts and to see who else was awarded a mini-grant, visit their website: www.childhealthcollaborative.org.