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School districts compete in snack challenge

by | Jan 13, 2016 | Education

By Nancy Whitney

Staff Writer

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Wylie ISD is taking healthy eating to a whole new level, bringing healthy competition to the table as well.

The school district recently entered the Medical City Children’s Hospital 21-Day Snack Challenge through the Kids Teaching Kids Program. They will compete against Rockwall ISD.

“We want our students to make good choices and be successful in all aspects of their lives, including health and nutrition,” Coordinator of Health Services Amy Hillin said. “This is the third year of its existence.”

Hillin said research shows that kids are receiving approximately 1/3 of their daily calories from snacks.

“This is food intake in addition to, and outside of, the regular meal times,” she said. “Changing the snacking practices of our kids and families has the potential to impact the obesity epidemic.”

Additionally, the high school culinary students have had the opportunity to create health snack recipes that can be used by students and families to make snacking fun.

The snack recipes that students created include at least one serving of a fruit or vegetable and are able to be made by kids.

Wylie culinary students worked with a registered dietician employed by the hospital to conduct the nutrient research and development in the foods they selected to use.

For full story see The Wylie News at http://www.etypeservices.com/Wylie%20NewsID245/default.aspx.

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