Health and Wellness at PS20
It's not too late to join our 1st Foodstand Challenge!
Avoid Added Sugar at Breakfast
Does this sound familiar? You may have participated in our Avoid Sugar at Breakfast Challenge last spring with Foodstand. If so, you probably already know that breakfast is often the most sugar-centric meal of the day. Pastries, sugary cereals, “fruit”flavored sweet yogurts and coffee beverages load our bodies with more sugar than we should be eating in anentire day, all before we get to work or school. If you participated in the previous Avoid Sugar at Breakfast, treat this Challenge as a refresher course in nutritious breakfasts.
How to prepare:
To prepare for the Challenge, we suggest clearing your pantry of sugary breakfast items such as sugarycereals, pancake and waffle mix, sweetened fruit yogurts, and jam/jelly. Stock up on oats/oatmeal,unsweetened muesli, bread (without added sugar), unsweetened nut butter, fresh fruit, and unsweetened plainyogurt.
Here’s the Challenge Guidebook, which includes tips, recipes, a shopping list, and further reading: Be sure to read it over the weekend so you know what’s in and what’s out.
How you’ll participate:
Below are instructions and an invite code to join the Avoid Sugar at Breakfast Challenge using theFoodstand app (available on iphone and android). The app will give you daily education and reminders, simpletracking, and support from each other. When you join using the invite code, all PS20 families will becomebuddies with each other so you can track each other’s progress and offer support—right from the app.
Here are the detailed instructions:
Your invite code for the Avoid Sugar at Breakfast Challenge is as follows:
If you have any questions about the Challenge before Tuesday, please email Rachna at email@example.com.
Our School Wellness Council
Our School Wellness Council is looking for new members this year! The Wellness Council is open to faculty, parents, and students. Last year, our School Wellness Council won NYC School Wellness Council of the Year! We are looking to continually enhance our programs ! If you are interested in being part of our wellness council please come to the meeting or speak to Ms. Christine Drago. Wellness Council meetings are usually held the 1st Tuesday of every month. Our meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of every month at 7:45am in Room 122/124.. Check out the calendar for specific dates. Our wellness council is only as strong as its members so we need teachers, parents, and faculty members to help us grow, so if you’re interested please attend our meetings!
What is a wellness council?
A School Wellness Council (SWC) is an advisory group concerned with the health and well being of students, staff, and the school community. A wellness council functions best when there is representation from across the school community, including students, teachers, school nurses, administrators, school food staff, custodians, mental health providers, and community based organizations. School Wellness Councils are a great way for parents/guardians and parent associations to participate in implementing City and school wellness policies by either serving on the SWC or volunteering with its programs and subcommittees.
Healthy Snack and Drink List
* Healthy Snacks Options:
- Fresh Fruit (apples, grapes, bananas, oranges, blueberries, strawberries, pears, plums, etc)
- Sliced Vegetables (carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers)
- Hummus and Whole Wheat Pita
- Graham Crackers
- Low Fat Popcorn
- Rice Cakes
- Lettuce Wraps
- Baked Tofu
Healthy Drink Options:
- Milk (Soy, Rice, Almond)
- Coconut water
- Mineral Water
*Nut Allergies: If your child’s classroom has a nut-free policy, please do not bring nuts of any kind.
More information on healthy snacks:
Pieces of fruit are a great snack for your kids because they taste great and contain natural sugars that are absorbed more slowly by our digestive systems. When choosing what fruits to purchase, it is best to purchase fruits that are in season because they are often 1) cheaper, 2) locally sourced, and 3) at peak flavor.
Say "yes" to:
What fruits are in season this Fall and perfect for snacks?
The Office of School Wellness Programs highlights PS20's first-grade teacher Julie Tran and Physical Education teacher Christine Drago, " This "dynamic duo" has prioritized Physical Education and Health Education as cornerstones of school wellness, creating a school environment where students, staff, families, and community members come together to learn and participate in healthy activities."
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Photos from PS20's Health Fair!
Photos from our PS20 Wellness Week!
Spring Potato Cook Lab
Potato Cook Lab
Did you know that there are more than 100 types of potatoes in the world? Potatoes is a healthy food, and the skin contains vitamins and fiber, which is good for you stomach and helps with digestion. The way we cook potatoes is important - frying them makes them into French fries. To keep them healthy, Chef Victoria from Wellness in the Schools (WITS) boiled the potatoes for students to cut into bite-size pieces. They took turns measuring out olive oil, mustard, apple cider vinegar, scallions and salt to make a healthy and tasty potato salad. Students tried fresh parsley and added it as a garnish to the potatoes.
Apple Cook Lab
Students learn about the nutrition of apples, and that it is a seasonal fruit, grown in this region during the fall season. Chef Victoria shows the students how to make a fragrant applesauce with cinnamon following a recipe. This is the first of four cook labs led and sponsored by Wellness in the Schools (WITS).
Here are some events sponsored by our School Wellness Council last year!
Chef Monica and Wellness in the Schools (WITS)
Wellness in the Schools (WITS) is one of PS20's nonprofit partners. They have joined us to inspire healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for our students.
Meet Chef Monica, get details about events that our students and families just took part in and learn about the exciting health and wellness events coming up at our school! Click on the WITS newsletters below:
- February Newsletter
- December Newsletter
- November Newsletter
- October Newsletter
Learn more about Wellness in the Schools (WITS) at wellnessintheschools.org.
December WITS Cook Lab
During December's cook lab, beans were the focus, and our young student chefs used these nutritious legumes, along with sweet bell pepper, cilantro and spices to make a flavorful pot of vegetarian chili.
October Cook Lab
Students learn all about tomatoes and how to make a delicious tomato sauce during October's Wellness in the Schools (WITS) cook lab.
Tower Garden in Health Class
After just one month, the lettuce students planted in health class was thriving. The lettuce below was harvested in December to make a delicious fresh salad during health class.
Below, in November, Ms. Soffa helps students label and plant a mix of different lettuces and observe their properties in Ms. Reyna-Torre's health classroom. Nutrition and garden lessons are integrated into the students' curriculum.