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School Snacks: Curriculum-based program incorporating growing, preparing, and eating healthy snacks at schools

Formal K-6 curriculum that would rotate 'home room' assignments for growing or sourcing ingredients, for preparing snacks, and for 'marketing' (explaining) and distributing the snacks at schools. The curriculum could be adapted with a more fun and science-based approach for middle-school, and a more sophisticated and 'real-world' approach for high school. The program could also be implemented in pre-school with gardening and (healthy) food prep as regular, scheduled activities.

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Expands on the ideas that kids listen to other kids and learn by being engaged in doing things themselves. Snacks should be made available everyday and free of charge in order to facilitate opportunities for trial and habit creation outside of home environment. Curriculum development and on-going program costs can be sponsored by local grocery stores/food companies/garden clubs/etcetera.

Age of kids. The solutions to changing kids’ eating behaviors will vary depending on their age. What works for a toddler won’t necessarily fly for a teenager, although we suspect some concepts might be appropriate for all ages—even adults! Which age bracket does your concept address (tick all relevant boxes)?

  • Pre-school (Tots) 2-4
  • Elementary (Kids) 5-10
  • Middle school (Tweens) 11-13
  • High school (Teens) 14 -18

Hurdles to success. Helping kids make smarter food choices comes with a variety of hurdles that have to be addressed in order for a design solution to be successful, which of these do you think that your Concept overcomes (tick all relevant boxes)?

  • Peer Pressure
  • Lack of Knowledge

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