Alabama Cooperative Extension System Regional Agent Christina LeVert recently visited a Lowndes County classroom and presented a piece of fruit that a few of the kindergartners had never seen – except in a can. She showed them a fresh pineapple.
“One student said the fresh pineapple reminded him of the cartoon character Sponge Bob’s house,” LeVert laughed.
The demonstration was part of an educational program titled “Color Me Healthy”. This free program is offered at no costs to schools and reflects the health and nutrition research conducted by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
Most recently, LeVert taught the the course to Fort Deposit Elementary School students. Lessons are divided into six visits per class. LeVert said she enjoys working with youngsters, “They are very eager learners and willing to try new foods.”
“Color Me Healthy” focuses on teaching youth about how eating fruits and vegetables is beneficial, the importance of covers portion control, and the students learn about healthy exercise options.
LeVert hopes to inspire youth, “I want them to be adventurous and try new fruits and vegetables, and hopefully, they will eat them more often.”
To schedule a “Color Me Healthy” course for your school, or to learn more about this program, contact the Lowndes County Extension office at 334.548.2315.