Happy New Year 8th Grade Families!
I am so excited for the new year and new beginnings! Before the break, we discussed the impact that sugar has on our health. Students watched TEDed videos about how sugar affects their brain, read articles about the sucrose molecule and health adversities linked to sugar, and watched Fed Up (a movie about sugar consumption in America).
Today, students were introduced to a 10 Day SUGAR FREE Challenge. We (me included) will begin the challenge tomorrow and finish on 1/18. Students were sent home with a sugar free challenge log and we will be taking time daily to reflect on their ability to refrain from sugar.
In regards to the challenge, sugar means sucrose. Refrain from added sugars to food, high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, etc. Sugar from fruit and milk is OK. It is important to read nutrition labels.
Abstaining from sugar can help improve sleep, energy levels, focus and concentration, and improve mood.
I invite you to join us in the challenge! I have attached a copy of the pledge for you to use if you want to participate. I encourage you to make meals at home with your child, read nutrition labels, and pack healthier lunches. Encourage water instead of juice or gatorade, oil and vinegar rather than ranch dressing, and stay away from high-glycemic starchy foods (french fries, chips, fried foods). I will be sending home recipes for easy lunches, dinners, and snacks every day this week.
I know this will be a hard task, but it is just 10 days! I encourage whole family involvement because cooking and discovering new foods together can make cooking more fun!
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