Thanksgiving TastingPosted by Jo-an Rechtin at 11/17/2016
Today, students in all elementary schools, whether they purchased lunch or packed, had the opportunity to sample Roast Butternut Squash and Apples.
The student lunch was a traditional thanksgiving meal with turkey and trimmings.
District Chef Rick Wray thought it was the perfect time to introduce a healthy side dish that students may ask for at the upcoming holiday table.
Roasted Butternut Squash with Apples
Butternut Squash Cubed
equal parts butternut squash and apples
Toss with oil, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Place on sheet pan.
Roast in 350 degree oven for 11½ minutes.
Jump In!Posted by Jo-an Rechtin at 5/20/2016
This week East Coventry, East Vincent and French Creek Elementary Schools applied grant funding from the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation to bring Mr. Peter Nestler, a 7-time World Champion and 11 Guiness World Record Holder, in to demonstrate skills to students. The Owen J. Roberts Wellness Council works to encourage students to be physically active. Jumping rope is a physical activity which may be pursued with one simple tool and very little space. Mr. Nestler shared an inspirational story of how hard work can help us achieve goals. He challenged students to set a goal over the summer and work on it each day.
Hey, Be Nice to Me!Posted by Jo-an Rechtin at 2/26/2016
The 8th annual Go for the Greens celebration of good food and great fun will run March 10-18, 2016.
Come Swim!Posted by Jo-an Rechtin at 5/19/2015
Hips on a RollPosted by Jo-an Rechtin at 4/29/2015On April 28, 2015, Richard Whittaker, MD, and his wife, Peggy, Schuylkill River Trail Ambassador, presented to Owen J. Roberts School District Senior Workers. Dr. Whittaker shared strategies for keeping active with arthritis and other possible physical challenges.Dr. Whittaker has had two full hip replacements and is an avid biker and hiker. He talked about optimum diets, maintaining healthy weight, and joint health.
Win a Seat at the White House DinnerPosted by Jo-an Rechtin at 4/22/2015
Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner”
First Lady Michelle Obama, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Education, and WGBH Boston invite you to enter the fourth annual Healthy Lunch Time Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner.” The top recipe from each of the 50 states and territories will be chosen. The top chef and their parent or guardian will be flown to Washington, DC where they will attend the Kids’ State Dinner hosted by Michelle Obama. Submission for the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge must be received by April 30, 2015. In order to be eligible for this challenge, lunch submissions need to be an original recipe, created by a kid between the ages of 8-12 years old, and need to follow the MyPlate nutritional guidelines. Fruits and vegetables should make up about half of the recipe or dish, and it should also include whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, including how to enter, visit:
Enter the Kingdom of Sir BroccoliPosted by Jo-an Rechtin at 3/24/2015A great big thank you to East Vincent sixth grade volunteers Gabrielle and Payton for playing the parts of Sir Broccoli and Lady Broccoli!! How do students enter the kingdom? "Eat the saute and obey," they said! It was tons of fun today doing the Broccoli Boogie and Chowing Down on the Crowns at East Vincent Elementary.
Create a Healthy ClassroomPosted by Jo-an Rechtin at 3/19/2015Students have been having a great time interacting with Chef Rick and tasting broccoli in our schools this week and there have been plenty of broccoli conversations in the halls and classrooms.Are you looking for ways to create a healthy classroom?Here is a great resource for encouraging students to bring healthy snacks, using non-food rewards and integrating more physical activity into the day: