UMass Amherst Nutrition Students to Fourth Graders: Eat Breakfast!

*** MEDIA ADVISORY ***

 

DATE:           April 12, 2013
TIME:            8:45 and 10:45 a.m.
WHAT:          Nutrition Talk and Breakfast Demo
WHERE:       Hadley Elementary School, 21 River Rd., Hadley

 

Starting Early with the Next Generation
 
All week, University of Massachusetts Amherst nutrition students in assistant professor Lorraine Cordeiro’s nutrition education class will visit preschool and elementary school classrooms to talk about how important it is for young people to eat healthy foods. Healthy diets are critical to positive learning outcomes, Cordeiro says. Hadley Elementary School students, teachers, aides, staff, and parents have been supportive of introducing more nutrition activities in the classroom.
 
Reporters are welcome to attend sessions at Hadley Elementary School, 21 River Rd. (Rt. 47 near the intersection of Rocky Hill Rd.) at the times listed above. Please contact Principal Jeff Udall’s office for directions and further approval, 413/584-5011.
 
Cordeiro says, “I am grateful for the opportunity to partner with Hadley Elementary School. As a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, I believe that academic-community partnerships can help us to strengthen our local communities, bring evidence-based practices into our schools, and foster mentorship between university and K-12 students. We simply could not teach effectively without these practice-oriented opportunities for our students.”
 
The UMass Amherst students have conducted a variety of surveys with local elementary school teachers, preschool program directors, their fellow UMass Amherst students and community members to get a sense of dietary knowledge, attitudes and practices in the community. This applied course is critical to their careers as practitioners in the nutrition discipline.