Kids are all aboard the nutrition bus, and enjoying lessons on making good choices with food. The white bus with spashes of pink, green, and purple is visiting elementary schools in Chesapeake, Virginia.
This is the Nutrition Express that the Chesapeake Public Schools have debuted this fall. It is an old activity bus that is remodeled for lessons on nutrition, complete with a refrigerator inside.
“We are getting more and more obese as a nation,” said registered dietitian Jennifer McDermott, the school division’s nutrition and wellness educator.
The bus has only recently started to visit schools. Bright and early, two dozen Hickory Elementary School fifth graders sat on cushions lining one side. They noted the large fruits and vegetables on the ceiling and watched two large computer screens. McDermott passed out food labels, and students eagerly discussed the statistics printed on them. They learned about fats, sugars, and whether sugar was good or bad.
During the winter break, the bus will become the “Cruisin’ Cafe”, offering meals to any child 18 or younger.