Type of Play: Promotion
Subcategory: Spreading the Word
Student Interest Areas: Cross-Curricular, Culinary, Food Service, Marketing, Writing
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Level of Involvement: Going Further
Use this Play to help students create your school's own healthy eating cookbook. Work with the School Nutrition staff to spread the word about healthy eating and encourage students to think about their favorite foods and how they might make a healthier version—or how they can come up with original new healthy favorites!
- Meet with key people who can help educate students about the benefits of healthy eating and an active lifestyle
- Help advertise for the cookbook
- Ask friends and family to contribute recipes
- Submit artwork for the book
- Help promote the program
Consider using the Fuel Up to Play 60 Recipe Contest Play and the Fuel Up to Play60 Beyond PB&J: Cooking with Kids cookbook as starters for this school-wide, fun activity that will result in something students and their families can use and reuse for healthy eating in the years to come.
- Have students meet with the school nurse to get information about healthy eating habits and the consequences of poor health and poor eating habits.
- Have students meet with school nutrition manager to get information about ChooseMyPlate.gov, healthy eating habits and how to substitute healthier ingredients in various recipes such as whole wheat flour instead of white. This person can also provide guidance on what ingredients might make your recipes easier to add to the school menu.
- Decide whether you can publish the cookbook locally or will use a full-service cookbook printer. There are even companies which offer to print cookbooks as a school fundraiser. Use the Tools & Resources below to consider ways you can get the community and local businesses to help with your costs.
- Send home information regarding the cookbook including a request for recipes and information about the sale/distribution of the cookbooks. Be sure to emphasize all deadlines. Remember to emphasize that the goal is to create a cookbook full of nutrient-rich recipes including ingredients such as low-fat or fat free dairy, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
- Organize additional pages with health and wellness information including but not limited to conversion charts, a healthy ingredient substitution chart, basic daily nutritional intake information, guides to the various food groups and tips for getting physically active.