Join us in making the

“NUTRTION MISSION

a success!

 

[Updated 10/1/2011]

 

Questions or Comments? Email uth.nutrition.mission@gmail.com

In Partnership with the Health Museum

 

Shortcut Links:

Organizers

Overview

Logistics

Your role as a volunteer

Driving Directions to MacGregor Elementary School

Online Calendar

The Schedule

Instructions and Interest Form

Pictures!

Nutrition Mission in the News!

Childhood Obesity Links

 

 

Organizers [return to top]:

Fall 2010 (lead organizers of Nutrition Mission)

TBA

Fall 2009 (lead organizers of Nutrition Mission)

Ryan Tillman (UTHMS class of 2012)

Michelle Scerbo (UTHMS class of 2012)

Fall 2008 (lead organizers of Nutrition Mission)

William McKee (UTHMS class of 2011)

Michelle Tang (UTHMS class of 2011)

Kara Keuthan (UTHMS class of 2012)

Fall 2007 (creators and lead organizers of Nutrition Mission and recipients of supplemental $1000 grant funding for Nutrition Mission)

Joshua Strommen (UTHMS class of 2010)

Andrea Elliott (UTHMS class of 2010)

AMA $5000 Ethics in Action Grant (6/06-5/08) recipients, from which Nutrition Mission spun off

Gaia Muallem (UTHMS class of 2009)

Chirag B. Patel (UTHMS class of 2012)

Faculty Advisor

Mona Eissa, MD, MPH, PhD

 

Overview [return to top]: The goal of this AMA-sponsored community service project is to reach out to 5th graders at an urban elementary school and to educate them about nutritional changes that they can make. We don’t want to just lecture students about what healthy diet and exercise are. Rather, we want to help them see ways they can make changes and give them tools to make those changes. One critical element of impacting youth is leading by example. We feel that the UT-Houston medical students and their colleagues are in a unique position to act as role models by going into a classroom and showing the 5th graders how nutrition and exercise can be fun.

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Logistics [return to top]: Two 5th grade classrooms of ~25 students each, at MacGregor Elementary School, are participating in this pilot program. The duration of the program is 14 weeks, only 8 of which UT-Houston medical students will be teaching the lesson plans in-person. Each lesson will last approximately 45 minutes (1:30-2:15pm) and include a small review of materials from the previous lesson.  The finale of the program will be a field day or, in case of rain, a health fair that the entire MacGregor community (students and parents) will be invited to participate in.

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Your role as a volunteer [return to top]: You can sign up for any amount of commitment you want; Leading anywhere from 1 to 8 of the classroom sessions, as part of a team that helps write thank-you notes to our sponsors, or act as part of a team that sets up the used sports equipment drive on our UT-Houston campus.  All lesson plans have pre-established objectives that the medical students will use to guide their planning, suggested activities to help get these points across, as well as several hands-on props available to use in the presentations. UT-Houston volunteers will need to fill in the “space” creatively (remember these are 5th graders) regarding how they will present to the class, but all the tools are already there. Our goal will be to have several volunteers per classroom so they will be working with their teammates, and supported by the 5th grade students’ teacher. Of course, this depends on the number of volunteers we have.

 

Driving Directions to MacGregor Elementary School [return to top]: click here

 

The Schedule [return to top]:

  • Orientation meeting for volunteers (Noon-1pm, Friday 8/28/09, MSB B.603)
  • Week 1 (Friday 9/4/09) Food pyramid, macronutrients, sodium, hidden sugars, body BMI testing
  • Week 2 (Wednesday 9/9/09) Balanced meals, cholesterol, define calorie(s), role of macronutrients
  • Week 3 (Wednesday 9/16/09) Define screen time (TV, PC), types of fitness, fitness testing, inside games
  • Week 4 (Wednesday 9/30/09) Food lab to discuss serving size, good/bad fat & carbs, food labels
    1. Recipe4Success brings kids from four HISD elementary schools together with Houston's top chefs.  Kindergarteners through 5th graders learn to plant, grow, harvest, prepare, and cook healthy foods in specially designed gardens and kitchen classrooms in their very own schools.  These kids receive world-class culinary instruction integrating concepts from their core curricula in regular lessons throughout the school year as well as afterschool and summer session programs. The Nutrition Mission is pumped about collaborating with Recipe4Success to bring a comprehensive and balanced banquet of knowledge to MacGregor Elementary students.
      1. MacGregor students in action! Click here
      2. If you would like to help out in the kitchen with Recipe4Success, please contact Carlos Meltzer.
  • Week 5 (Wednesday 10/14/09) Eating out options, Food lab with health snacks, discuss student food log
  • Week 6 (Wednesday 10/28/09) Types of fitness, outside games, water, fat & calories related to exercise
  • Week 7 (Wednesday 11/11/09) make a cookbook & grocery list for parents, post-fitness testing
  • Week 8 (Thursday 11/19/09)*** Field Day or health fair with inside games, and information

 

Instructions [return to top]: If you would like to volunteer to teach a specific topic, please make a note on the interest form below, after checking with your schedule. Copy and paste the form below into an email, complete it, and send the email to uth.nutrition.mission@gmail.com You should arrive at MacGregor Elementary School by no later than 1:15pm. Your volunteering commitment for the lesson will last from 1:30pm-2:30pm. Wear your white coat (if you have one), scrubs, or casual dress. If you do not have a white coat, please wear professional attire. Consider wearing scrubs or other loose clothing for more active/outdoor lessons.

 

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Interest form (COPY & PASTE THIS INTO YOUR EMAIL AND FULLY COMPLETE IT) [return to top]:

 

Email your completed form to: uth.nutrition.mission@gmail.com

 

Your name (first and last):

Your email address:

Your cell phone number:

Your School/Institution:

Year in your educational program:

Number of days you would like to volunteer:

Do you want to help set up the used sports equipment drive in the MSB?

Do you want to help with thank you notes/other clerical jobs?

 

Rank your top 5 date preferences (1st = first preference, 2nd = second preference, etc.). We will make every effort to assign you to your first-preference choice.

Week 1 (9/4/09) Food pyramid, macronutrients, sodium, hidden sugars, body BMI testing

Preference rank for week 1:

 

Week 2 (9/9/09) Balanced meals, cholesterol, define calorie(s), role of macronutrients

Preference rank for week 2:

 

Week 3 (9/16/09) Define screen time (TV, PC), types of fitness, fitness testing, inside games

Preference rank for week 3:

 

Week 4 (9/30/09) Food lab to discuss serving size, good/bad fat & carbs, food labels

Preference rank for week 4:

 

Week 5 (10/14/09) Eating out options, Food lab with health snacks, discuss student food log

Preference rank for week 5:

 

Week 6 (10/28/09) Types of fitness, outside games, water, fat & calories related to exercise

Preference rank for week 6:

 

Week 7 (11/11/09) make a cookbook & grocery list for parents, post-fitness testing

Preference rank for week 7:

 

Week 8 (11/19/09)*** Field Day or health fair with inside games, and information

Preference rank for week 8:

 

*** We will need many volunteers to help reach our goal. If you are considering volunteering on multiple days, we strongly encourage you to sign-up for the field day during Week 8. This will show your 5th graders that you are still involved.

 

Email your completed form to: uth.nutrition.mission@gmail.com

 

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Pictures! [return to top]

Year

Volunteer Meetings

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Lesson 4

Lesson 5

Lesson 6

Lesson 7

Lesson 8

2007

 

9/12/07

9/19/07

9/26/07

10/9/07

10/24/07

11/7/07

 

12/5/07

2008

8/13/08, 8/28/08

9/5/08

9/10/08

 

10/1/08

10/15/08

10/29/08

11/12/08

11/20/08

2009

8/28/09

9/4/09

9/9/09

9/16/09

9/30/09

10/14/09

10/28/09

11/11/09

11/19/09

 

Nutrition Mission in the News! [return to top]

·        2/29/08 article in TMC News newspaper

 

Childhood Obesity Links [return to top]:

General:

National Institutes of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

American Obesity Association

 

 

 

For Parents and 5th Graders:

My Pyramid

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mayo Clinic

 

 

 

For medical student volunteers (exercise ideas):

Indoor Activities

Indoor Activities

Exercise Games

Exercise Games

 

 

For medical student volunteers (nutrition ideas):

Nutrition Lessons

Portion Size

Portion Size

Portion Size Guidelines

Sample Lesson Plans

Nutrition Label Lesson Plans

For medical student volunteers (Week 4):

PBS: Serving Size Surprises

Proper Portions

Columbia University: Nutrition Tools

Image: serving size references

 

 

 

 

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