Nursing students to teach children about nutrition on grocery store field trip

Nursing students from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio will help teach children from San Antonio’s West Side about good nutrition and healthy eating practices on a field trip to their neighborhood grocery store. The children attend a summer camp called Healthy Choices for Kids led by the nursing students and held at Good Samaritan Community Services.

At the store, the children will learn how to read food labels and understand the essentials of balanced meals. They will also learn about appropriate portion size and how to make healthy snacks.

Fifteen children, ages 8-11, will go on the field trip. Health Science Center nursing students and their faculty adviser, Assistant Professor Adelita Cantu, Ph.D., M.S., RN, will team up with the H-E-B staff in presenting the nutrition information.

Spanish interviews are available.

10 -11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26

H-E-B at 6818 S. Zarzamora

The Healthy Choices for Kids summer program at Good Samaritan Community Services provides activities for children from a predominantly Hispanic and low-income area. The program also doubles as an interprofessional summer elective course for UT Health Science Center San Antonio nursing students, who designed and teach the curriculum.

Through the camp, the children learn to make healthy decisions regarding fitness, nutrition and healthy relationships, with the goal of reducing obesity, diabetes, violence and teen pregnancy. The camp includes positive youth development, exercise, healthy lifestyle choices, goal setting, bullying/anger management and sexual abstinence.

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