Nutrition: Healthy Eating for Kids

On the opening day of Catholic Schools Week, students of ACS had the pleasure of nutrition student, Kateryna Derevenskiy, from NYU provide the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders on the benefits of fruits. It is not just about healthy options that maintain a healthy weight, but certain foods, ‘fruits’ can help with muscle soreness, help with acne, and keep immune system optimal in defending viruses during flu and cold season. During the presentation it was learned that strawberries are excellent sources of Vitamin C that is not only essential in strengthening the immune system but aid in repairing cuts and wounds and keeping gums and teeth healthy. Berries, on the other hand, are rich in antioxidants that help with cell degradation; this is vital in staying young. Lastly, 1 cup of dried apricots can help fulfill 93% of daily values in Vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for eye health and helping with acne. After the presentation, Kateryna brought in some of fruits that she highlighted during her presentation like bananas, dried apricots, and strawberries for the children to enjoy and perhaps even to some try for the first time but more importantly to look at those fruits for the first time not as food but health, beauty and wellness powerhouse.