CYWH/Girls Taking Action Nutrition Presentation

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I know it’s been a long time since I last blogged, and I must say I’ve missed you all, but I’m back to tell you all about our last presentation. So here goes:

Last Friday, Erica and I had the opportunity to accompany nutritionist Dr. Kendrin Sonneville to the West Cambridge Youth Center where we helped her give a nutrition presentation to an enthusiastic group of girls who go by the name of “Girls Taking Action”. There couldn’t be a better group to teach nutrition to. When we set foot in the newly renovated building, I knew it was going to be a great day. Their space was beautifully decorated and cozy — kind of like our Resource Center back here at Children’s Hospital.

The girls ranged from 15-18 years of age, but most of them seemed to be on the younger end. After setting up and taking seats on their comfy circle chairs, we started the icebreaker activity. We gave a 10 question true or false quiz on nutrition basics to test what the girls already knew. Erica and I also took the quiz just to be fair, and of course, being the experts that we are, we scored correctly on every question.

If I do say so myself, Kendrin has a way with words, and she had the full attention of our audience. When she finished explaining the answers to the quiz, she had almost everybody’s hand raised yearning for more knowledge. After that we played another fun game in which everyone split into four groups: breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack. Using our paper food models, each group had to create an example of a healthy meal option and an unhealthy meal option. They got to share their options and the rest of the group debated on whether or not they agreed or disagreed with the choices. Even the counselors were all ears for this lesson.

Basically, we all enjoyed ourselves and even Erica and I learned some nutrition tips that we can use every day. We hope that the girls at the West Cambridge Youth Center enjoyed our presentation! Special thanks to Kendrin for doing such a great job!