Alternatives for Children

As a result of participating in the NAP SACC program, Alternatives for Children in both Southampton and Aquebogue, revamped their snack menu to include a rotating schedule of healthier offerings.Some of the new offerings include more fruit and apple sauce, whole grain cereals, sun butter and yogurt.They also cut back on juice and now offer more water.Wendy Jorgensen, Director, said “the new snacks and nutrition program is going great with the children.They are eating the fruits, drinking more water, less carbs and we have recently introduced yogurt which they are eating as well.I’m happy to say, it was a much easier snack transition to report.Getting involved in your program has been a great benefit for our school, children and staff.”The staff report that these changes have carried over to the lunches being brought in from home as they are now healthier than they once were.

The children were so excited about eating healthy they wanted to plant vegetables.They planted a small vegetable garden that included carrots, tomatoes and cucumbers, next year they plan to have an even larger garden.

Other positive changes include healthier celebrations with more activity, reading, crafts and less food; and more physical activity in the classroom.

Contact

Kerri Kreh Reda
Child Development Educator
kkr5@cornell.edu
631-727-7850 x 331

Last updated December 16, 2014