Upper Canada College Prep students were treated to “Power Snack Day” on Oct. 12 as part of the Prep Parents’ Organization’s nutrition committee’s ongoing efforts to promote healthy eating habits.
Prep athletic director Nigel White dressed as a carrot while four mothers of Prep students also got into the spirit of things as they served bite-sized portions of carrots, tomatoes, grapes, pineapple and watermelon, as well as sugar- and nut-free protein bars made by Aramark.
“Parents tell me their sons are always happy when it’s Power Snack Day,” says the nutrition committee’s Christina Eaton. “There are loud cheers when it’s announced during the morning announcements.”
Five Power Snack Days are held during the school year. They’re held during recess on the first Thursday (which is sports day at the Prep) after Thanksgiving, Halloween, the Christmas holidays, Valentine’s Day and Easter, which Eaton calls “the big sugar consumption days.”
This is the third year that the nutrition committee has promoted healthy eating. It works actively with other PPO portfolios to ensure that food served at school functions is delicious and nutritious.
The committee played a role in the introduction of a snack offering in the Prep shop, and it works closely with Aramark to provide feedback on the hot lunch program. Another initiative was having the Freezies sold on “Freezie Day” made from natural juice for the first time this year.
“Nutrition will have representation at next week’s Prep School open house for the first time ever since this has become an area of great interest to parents,” says Eaton.