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Healthy Uno Group
Posted on December 1, 2013 by Kaitlyn D
During the first month of school the Wildlands staff announced that the students would be learning to construct a project in four phases. The first phase was a group of ten students led by one of the four teachers. Each teacher gave a short summery of what their group would be doing over the next four weeks. One of the four groups was focusing on healthy living this group was put together by Mrs. Seubert.
The first goal of the Healthy Living Group was to investigate healthy eating. Our group started off by reaching the importance of healthy living by watching some videos such as Hungry for Change along with a few Ted Talks from http://www.ted.com/talks. After learning the importance of a healthy balanced diet our group looked into experimenting with a variety of healthy recipes.
Once we had picked out a few recipes that sparked our interest we set up appointments to tour Just Local Foods and visit the local farmers market. When we visited Just Local Foods we got an educational talk about how they get organic food. We also got all the ingredients that we needed for watermelon salsa, one of the recipes we had picked. At the farmers market we found a local farmer that sold organic produce. We put all the produce we purchased to good use by having a juicing day. Than we took a trip to a frozen yogurt shop to see if it was truly as healthy as the companies claim it to be. Even though the food was delicious and fun to prepare it wasn't the only thing our group did.
Our second goal was to be more active. Our entire group decided that we wanted to achieve this goal in a way that would push us to try new things. So to achieve this goal we made a long list of activities we would like to participate in, and scheduled an activity every day. Over four weeks we participated in tennis, ice skating, yoga, insanity, and we even put on our own 2k fun run for our school. This task was a really cool and really emphasized that exercise and being active can be very enjoyable.
Working in this group was really enjoyable and each of us learned a lot. We all got the chance to try new organic foods and chance to cook. We got the opportunity to go play tennis and go to a yoga studio and we got to put together a 2k run for all the Wildlands students and their family members. It was a lot of fun being part of this group and I really wouldn't mind doing a similar project in the future.
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