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New Super Snacker curriculum focuses on nutrition
September 21, 2023

When you hear the word snack, what comes to mind? Be honest.

Amy Deahl-Greenlaw, a registered dietitian nutritionist, explains in a new Healthy NewsWorks video what a healthy snack is. Hint: It does not include cookies or cake. Rather, it is a small amount of food from the five food groups (fruits, vegetables, dairy, grains, and protein). For instance, Amy suggests that children eat yogurt or a cheese string with an orange for a snack.

The video will be used as part of Healthy NewsWorks’ new Super Snacker curriculum for Cub Reporters (ages 5 to 8). Super Snackers, a five-lesson sequence, focuses on nutrition and joins Hearty Kids (heart health) and Kind Kids (social/emotional health) in our Cub Reporter lineup. 

Classroom teachers choose which sequence they want to use and their students contribute articles and illustrations based on their lessons to their school’s health newspaper.

The healthy snack video was directed and produced by Rodney Whittenberg, owner of Melodyvision in Plymouth Meeting. He is an award-winning filmmaker who works on film and video projects with Healthy NewsWorks.

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Since 2003, Healthy NewsWorks has been empowering elementary and middle school students to become researchers, writers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their factual publications and digital media.