Teens Promote Healthy Eating at Pueblo H.S. Science Fair

2014 FHL PuebScienceFair
Future Healthcare Leaders with their display at Pueblo High Science Fair.

Tucson, December 5th 2014

SEAHEC’s Future Healthcare Leaders (FHL) Club joined classmates in teaching their families about healthy eating at Pueblo High School’s 10th Annual Family Science Night. Hosted by the school’s student science clubs, the event featured the US Department of Agriculture’s “My Plate” healthy eating guidelines which replaced the 1990’s “Food Pyramid” in 2011. Pueblo High’s Annual Family Science Night showcases the school’s science related clubs, and offers club members opportunities show of their science acumen, and to create family learning activities in Health, Biology, Forensics, Anthropology, Physics, and Botany. Pueblo High Mariachi Band and Ballet Folklorico performances made the evening festive.
Future Healthcare Leaders guided family members in creating their own “my plates” during a dinner of healthy foods prepared by the Science Club. Participants listed their own favorite fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole wheat foods as FHL members explained portion sizes and how to make healthy eating choices. Parents answered “healthy eating” trivia questions and learned to conduct family activities to encourage healthy habits at home.
“FHL students felt it was important to educate young children and their parents about the importance of “My Plate,” said SEAHEC’s FHL Program Coordinator, Tashina Machain, who oversees SEAHEC Health Career Clubs across southeast Arizona. The Future Healthcare Leaders Club at Pueblo High has fourteen members this year, ranging from freshman to seniors all interested in exploring health careers.  SEAHEC also operates clubs in Nogales, Bisbee, Douglas, Willcox, and the Tohono O’odham Nation. Students interested in exploring health careers can contact Ms. Machain at tashina@seahec.org. For information about the FHL Club in Nogales, contact Claudia Velasco, FHL Nogales Program Coordinator at claudia@seahec.org.

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