Undergraduate human nutrition and dietetic students volunteered at the Bluegrass Dental Society's "Explore-A-Smile" program at the Explorium in downtown Lexington. Students volunteered during the week of February 23-27, 2009 to educate kindergarteners and first graders from 27 counties in Kentucky about the importance of proper dental care. This was a great opportunity for the students to use their knowledge of nutrition as it relates to dental health. Several of the students participating in this program are human nutrition majors who are heading to Dental School at the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky in August.
Ronald McDonald House
The UKSDA went to the Ronald McDonald House Friday February 27 to prepare a meal for the families that were living in the house. We prepared vegetarian spaghetti with broccoli, carrots, green peppers, mushrooms and a white sauce. We also made a salad with green lettuce, tomatoes, and carrots along with garlic bread. For dessert, we made a variety of cookies including chocolate chip, peanut butter, and sugar cookies. This was a very fun event! Everyone was enthusiastic about being there and helping out. This activity was also a great way to meet new people in the dietetics major. It was nice to be able to help out others in need with such a fun activity!
National Nutrtion Month at Sts Peter & Paul School
As part of National Nutrition Month, SDA members developed a healthy eating program for kindergarteners and second graders at the Sts Peter & Paul School in downtown Lexington. UK students provided interactive educational instruction on the Food Guide Pyramid and helped the children to put together their own recipe book of healthy snacks. Then, the children all got to learn about making healthy snacks and had the opportunity to taste them. UK students helped the children make "Ants on a Log", crackers, cheese, apples with a cinnamon topping, blueberry/raspberry smoothies, and trail mix. The children were encouraged to trying making these snacks on their own at home. This program was well-received by nearly 90 students at SPPS!