Pasadena ISD Celebrates National Nutrition Month with Healthy Challenges

Pasadena ISD Celebrates National Nutrition Month with Healthy Challenges
Posted on 03/03/2016
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Nutrition Month
Daniel Santos, Kendrick Middle School student, enjoys a nutritious meal prepared by Child Nutrition staff. March is National Nutrition Month and Pasadena ISD is participating with multiple healthy eating challenges.

Pass the peas – March is National Nutrition Month and the Pasadena ISD is celebrating with educational events and activities that highlight the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. 

Sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the organization encourages individuals to “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right” and enjoy healthy meals. 

National School Breakfast Week

For National School Breakfast Week, Feb. 29 - March 4, campuses are celebrating the most important meal of the day with morning announcements promoting eating a healthy breakfast to kick start the day. Students have also received handouts with educational facts about the importance of breakfast.

Cafeteria Calendar Contest

What creations do you imagine in galaxies far, far away? Carrot spaceships, tomato planets, eggplant aliens?

The Child Nutrition department encourages campuses to participate in the annual Space Spectacular Fruits and Vegetable contest. Create a space-themed fruit or vegetable creation, submit a picture of the artwork and 12 winners will be selected to have the photos featured in the district’s 2016-17 cafeteria calendar.

The calendar is professionally designed and viewed by over 30,000 people. First, second and third place winners will be rewarded with a bike. All submissions are due by March 11.

Join the district on Facebook, March 21, to vote for the best creations. To vote, click the like button. The winners of the contest will be determined based on the number of likes. 

VegOut Challenge

Child Nutrition officials encourage campuses to participate in VegOut, now underway until the end of March. The VegOut challenge, hosted by Recipe for Success, encourages students and staff to eat 30 vegetables in 30 days. Participants can track the amount of veggies consumed online or via the VegOut app.

Participants may win prizes at the end of the challenge. The grand prize for classrooms will be Seed to Plate curriculum and the grand prize for individual participants is a trip for two to Deer Lake Lodge and Spa. Visit the VegOut website for more details.

It’s Time Texas Challenge

Pasadena, “It’s Time” to get healthy with the “It’s Time Texas Community Challenge.”

Presented by H-E-B, the challenge unites and mobilizes community members, schools, businesses, organizations, and public figures to see which communities can demonstrate the greatest commitment to healthy living.

The only statewide competition of its kind, the Community Challenge is designed to provide an easy and fun way for communities to mobilize in celebration of healthy living.

Each school district is encouraged to participate in the challenge by submitting photos of individuals and groups practicing healthy behaviors. Pasadena ISD is currently second place behind Garland ISD in the large school district category, with 425,290 points. Click on the link to find out how to submit pictures and show Texas how Pasadena ISD stays healthy.

The challenge ends March 31.