Healthy Habits Start Early

 

Healthy Habits Start Early

Less fat. More fiber. Such were the expectations of Susan Rodgers Davis ’71, nutrition education coordinator for Hartford Public Schools in Connecticut, when she began working with the school district as a consultant in 1990.

The district’s meals at that time were 45 percent fat and contained only 3 to 5 grams of fiber. Today, all meals are less than 30 percent fat, including less than 10 percent saturated fat, and the fiber content has increased to 7 to 10 grams.

Davis initiated the program in four schools; now the program is districtwide and she is a full-time employee.

The program stresses whole grain products, 1 percent milk, fresh or canned fruit, and baked foods rather than fried. Education is a major part of the transformation, too. Davis involves both food service staff and classroom teachers in teaching students healthy habits.

“Nutrition education should be a part of every student’s day,” Davis says.

For more information on the dietetics program,

visit www.uwstout.edu/programs/bsd/

Summer Outlook 2012