In celebrating awareness of “March is National Nutrition Month®”, the School Food Service Department of the Palm Beach County School District recently organized an educational health fair at Lake Shore Middle School (425 W. Canal Street No., Belle Glade, Florida) where students were exposed to the health fair during their lunch period in their school cafeteria.
The health fair was held on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 10:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. with the goal being to provide students and staff with an opportunity to view exciting health and wellness displays, receive educational materials, prizes, as well as free samples of colorful and tasty fruits and vegetables.
A variety of educational booths were set up to target specific aspects of health and wellness which included:
Lake Shore Middle – School Nurse, Lake Shore Middle Medical Academy, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, R.C. Hatton Farms, UF/IFAS Extension Agency, 4H Youth Development Organization, The Palm Beach County Drowning Prevention, Coalition, Everglades Research & Education Center, Bridges at Belle Glades, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue ~ Battalion 7, Safe Kids Palm Beach County, Ellen Smith, Physical Education teacher, Erneston & Sons Produce, Inc., District’s Employee Wellness, The School Food Service Department promoting…eat right. ®
The first National Nutrition Week campaign was launched in 1973 with a presidential proclamation, TV and radio public service announcements, news releases, and bumper stickers, all featuring the theme “Invest in Yourself—Buy Nutrition.” From the beginning, National Nutrition Week was enthusiastically embraced by American Dietetic Association (ADA) members as an opportunity to promote the profession as well as to serve as a vehicle for delivering nutrition education messages to the public.
Armed with a promotion kit produced in year two, dietetics professionals went to work planning special events in schools, health care facilities, and community centers. Radio announcements and news releases gained the attention of the media. Newspaper coverage gave the ADA more lines of copy than ever before in the history of the Association. Items that would soon become National Nutrition Month staples—posters, table tents, and tray mats—were produced with the National Nutrition Week theme and quickly became the foundation for a range of National Nutrition Month promotional items that continue to be used today.
National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, Mar. 2014