Let's Talk Health, Wellness & Nutrition: LS & MS Parents Learn from Our Experts

Remember the Four Food Groups? How about the Food Pyramid? According to our health and wellness experts, foods are now categorized into three groups carbohydrates (Go Foods), proteins (Grow Foods), and vitamins & minerals (Glow Foods) and our young students joyfully discover them through the Go, Grow, and Glow program.
Along with learning about food categories, in the Verdile Dining Hall this morning, Middle School Health & Wellness and Physical Education Teacher Jonna DeFalco and Supervisor of Health & Physical Education Shelly LaBarre guided parents through a curricular presentation, created in collaboration with Head of Strength and Conditioning Steve Leo. They discussed current health, wellness, and nutrition education at Gill, which incorporates regular physical education and health classes, stand-alone and cross-curricular classes, nutrition-focused assemblies (such as Jump With Jill: The Rock & Roll Nutrition Show), and purposeful lunchroom connections.
They noted that specific Lower School nutrition topics focus on identifying food groups, creating a healthy meal (My Plate program) reading food labels, the food-wellness connection, and taking ownership of food choices. The Middle School builds on these concepts, adding food handling and hygiene, eating balanced meals, hydration, diet, and puberty, along with providing cross-curricular units in science, Spanish, and health and physical education classes.
Ms. DeFalco and Ms. LaBarre highlighted that the plans going forward consist of curriculum mapping, new health education initiatives (such as Wellness Week and Nutrition Month), continued collaboration with the Dining Hall, and the creation of exciting new Lower School learning spaces.
Flik District Manager Rick Brown was on hand to speak about Gill's exceptional food service program, and our own Chef Joe gave a spirited tour of the Dining Hall facilities, explaining the multitude of culinary choices of which our students enjoy daily.
Special thanks to Jonna DeFalco, Shelly LaBarre, and Steve Leo for their expertise and guiding work on helping young students to become their best, healthy selves.
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful, and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.