Food Revolution! Free Fruit Friday & Cardio Carnival: Creating Healthy Schools

Tired of the ice cream vendors, soda machines and unhealthy cafeteria food at your school?

Take matters into your own hands and put on Free Fruit Friday & Cardio Carnival at your school!

Inspired by Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, I got together with the other parents at my son’s public school to create the healthiest, MOST attended after-school Friday celebration ever!

Alexandra Jamieson Food Revolution Day

When my son started attending kindergarten at our local Brooklyn public school, I joined the Wellness Committee.

A small group of parents, plus the dedicated librarian, applied for and won a health grant of $2500 from the city, and we decided to use part of it to put on a Cardio Carnival. The local YMCA, who runs our after school programs, came on board to teach a Hip Hop dance class and a Zumba class – to parents, teachers, and kids alike.

Cardio Carnival Food Revolution DAy

Normally, Fridays include Bingo, prizes and pizza.

For about $750, our school was able to provide a healthy, fun night of dance, friends, and great food.

Our Free Fruit Friday plan included free organic fruit handed out to the families when parents picked up their young ones after school. With the sun shining down on our courtyard, the glistening oranges and apples were a huge hit and all the fruit was snapped up by happy, hungry kids.

Free Fruit Friday Food Revolution DayFree Fruit Friday - Food Revolution Day

(*Thanks to all of you who donated between $1-$5 to help buy more fruit for the FFF! The kids LOVED IT!)

At 5pm, families returned to the school gym for a rockin’ Hip Hop dance class – you know the class is a hit when parents join in and 5th grade boys throw themselves in the mix and dance in public!

Free Fruit Friday & Cardio Carnival Dance

After the dance class, kids and their folks ran to our Build Your Own Burrito Bar with tortillas, beans, rice, tomatoes, avocados and toppings. The food was healthy, fresh, and only cost $300 to feel over 100 people.

Cardio Carnival Build Your Own Burrito Bar - Food Revolution Day

During Zumba class, kids could also run in relay races outside, and an after-dinner Green Smoothie bar served refreshing drinks instead of soda.

Cardio Carnival Green Smoothie Bar For Food Revolution Day!

Cardio Carnival Green Smoothie Bar For Food Revolution Day!

Cardio Carnival Green Smoothies for Food Revolution Day!

Cardio Carnival Green Smoothies for Food Revolution Day!

Green Smoothie Recipe:

1 banana

1 cup frozen wild blueberries

4-5 kale leaves

1 1/2 cup water

* Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Cardio Carnival Green Smoothies for Food Revolution Day!

Cardio Carnival Green Smoothies for Food Revolution Day!

The FFF and CC was a huge hit – our school wants to do it again next year!

Inspired? Put on your own! Let me know if you put together a night like this for your school, and send me some pictures or post to Facebook.

Free Fruit Friday & Cardio Carnival Relay - Jump For Joy! It's Food Revolution Day!

Free Fruit Friday & Cardio Carnival Relay – Jump For Joy! It’s Food Revolution Day!

Here’s to your health!

XO, Alex

Comments

  1. Lainie DeCoursy says:

    Great pictures and awesome recap of what looks like a super-fun school event. I agree we should do it again next year! And I promise to come ;)

  2. Jennifer says:

    This is awesome! I am going to send this link to the principal at our school! I am tired of all the pizza and ice cream selling too! Maybe more schools can do something like this.

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