Successful Start for Boys & Girls Club of Bastrop

July 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

by Emily Eckelkamp, Nutrition Educator

The Boys & Girls Club of Bastrop, a Partner Agency of the Capital Area Food Bank, has faced many ups and downs in the past year. In August 2009, the club was forced to close due to financial reasons. With the help of Whitney Goble, the club re-opened in April of 2010, beginning with only seven students enrolled. By the time our CHOICES Nutrition Education Program arrived in early May, the club had grown to more than 50 students.

For four weeks, fellow Nutrition Educator Anadeli De Jesus and I taught more than 40 students the program’s Power of Choice series, which educates children about basic nutrition, how to make healthy eating and fitness choices, and how to make healthy snacks. Although we could only teach 10 students at a time due to limited space, the children remained enthusiastic and open-minded.

Many of the Bastrop children attend the Boys & Girls Club every afternoon, and are excited to see special events and classes, such as our Nutrition Education Class. As one six-year-old girl put it: “I wish every day was nutrition day!”

It was obvious throughout the series the students of Bastrop enjoyed talking about nutrition — something they hadn’t learned much about previously. Topics covered in our Power of Choice series include the MyPyramid for Kids, making healthy choices, and learning how to read a food label. Even with all of these engaging topics, the snack was always the favorite part! See pictures below of the students enjoying their nutritious snacks they made themselves.

For information on volunteering or hosting a CHOICES Nutrition Education Program class, email Monica Escobar, Nutrition Education Manager, at choices@austinfoodbank.org or call 512-684-2502.

Justine eats her Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich with a smile.

Evette enjoys her Zesty Tomato & Cucumber Cup.

Rysainee  learns about the variety of fruits and vegetables.

First-grade students learn about the MyPyramid for Kids.

The small office building of the Boys & Girls Club of Bastrop where the CHOICES classes were held.

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