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BID-Milton Partners with Milton Schools for Nutrition Awareness

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton and the Milton Public Schools have teamed up for an elementary school nutrition program.

recently announced that it partnered with Milton Public Schools to teach third graders how a balanced diet and exercise can lead to good health and academic success. 

The program, which kicked off in February, included BID-Milton nutrition experts Jill Gordon, RD and Mercy Devadoss, RD, Lead Clinical Dietitian, who partnered with the Milton school’s Director of Food Services Jackie Morgan. College interns Jamie Regan, Kristen Merlo and Margaret Steven, currently enrolled in nutrition programs, also played a key role in developing visual displays.

“It’s critical that we take an active part in educating the community on nutrition, especially while children are still in this pivotal young age,” said Joseph V. Morrissey, President of Beth Israel Deaconess - Milton. “Our partnership with Milton schools helps fill a void in nutritional education by providing experts who can not only teach children but get them excited about taking care of their own health. The goal of this program is to help prevent diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension, which have unfortunately become so prevalent.”

Members of the Nutrition Services staff from the hospital and school system teamed up to create a four-part nutrition curriculum that was presented to all third grade students in each of Milton’s four elementary schools.

The one-hour program was presented during the school day within each of the 14 classrooms. Each classroom broke into small discussion groups and focused on the following topics: the alarming truth about the amount of sugar contained in many beverages, the food portion model, benefits of whole wheat as well as the importance of leading active lifestyles.

As educators, we are keenly aware of the important link between sound nutrition and academic achievement,” said Mary Gormley, Superintendent, Milton Public Schools. “We are pleased to be working with a group of talented professionals from BID-Milton who have reinforced this connection for our students. The Nutrition Awareness program has been a resounding success.

The group hopes to expand the program’s reach to fourth and fifth graders in the school years to come.

The above release was submitted by Megan Hand, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital- Milton.

stan hill April 09, 2012 at 09:38 PM
What Milton public schools is doing is fantastic and the most pragmatic engagement of our obesity crisis. The reality is that finding fast causality between an initiative and the overall obesity problem is unrealistic. Smart, long-term changes are required and what Milton is doing is exactly that. Although the FDA has yet to enface the nutrition posting legislation, it will happen, and it will make a difference long term. Excellent. from ThinDish
johnzarriaga April 10, 2012 at 06:01 AM
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CC April 10, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Thumbs up for Milton School Food Service Dept
Learning ZoneXpress April 11, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Such a wonderful partnership. It's so encouraging to see schools, hospitals, and other organizations striving to make health and nutrition exciting for kids. The younger we start, the brighter the future. Kudos to you for your great work!

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