Third and fourth-grade students at Wheeler Avenue School in Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen learned about making healthy food choices during an iGame4 Health & Nutrition Program that was presented at their school.
The interactive, hands-on presentation, which was led by iGame4 representative Andrew McBride, began with students viewing a short video that educated them on selecting healthy foods, including what types of milk to drink, the importance of nutrients and what types of grains are better than others. The children were then given an iPad mini and shown how to utilize Fooducate, an app that allows users to scan grocery items to find out if they’re selecting healthy foods.
Each grocery item scanned on the app is given a rating from A-D, depending on its nutritional value. Students also had the option to hit the tab labeled healthy alternatives to find a similar food item that was more nutritious.
“The goal of this program was to empower students to make healthy choices in their diets and to inform them about the healthy alternatives available,” fourth grade teacher Diane Gorman said. “It’s also something that can be expanded at home.”
McBride agreed saying, “The use of technology in the lesson allowed students to access a huge database of different foods, which they were encouraged to access in their own kitchen with their parents to help them make more healthy choices.”