IMG_5353Zoie McKellips, Shelby Scott and Magan Swinney were winners in the recent “Making Healthy Food Choices” poster contest at Foyil Elementary School.  Pictured with the students are contest judges:  Dan Delozier, county commissioner, Pat Reeder, Rogers County Board of Health, and Jenni Klufa, Rogers County Health Department Registered Dietician.

The contest was conducted by the Rogers County Health Department in recognition of March as National Nutrition Month, and as part of a special nutrition program with Foyil Elementary.   The health department partnered with Foyil third grade students at the beginning of this school year to provide monthly nutrition education and taste-testing of fruits and vegetables.

Oklahoma has consistently been rated one of the most obese states in America. Recent 2014 health rankings information revealed that 31% of Rogers County adults are reported as obese with a BMI rating of 30 or above.  Obesity contributes to many health-related problems including heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Since many dietary habits are formed at a young age, the health department is providing these young students with expert advice about how to have a healthy diet, with the hope it will influence their food preferences throughout life.  They are also learning about portion sizes, the many ways fruits and vegetables are available, and are provided with healthy recipes.  The program will conclude in May when the health department provides a special celebration activity with the students.