July 8, 2017: Greenmarkets #1
Fifth walk of our 5th season!
We started the day off with a short lesson on nutrition at Poor Richard’s Playground from Cappy. The kids were asked about foods they know and the purpose of food. We learned that eating the whole fruit is better than drinking soda and fruit juices. It turns out that orange juice has as much sugar as Coca Cola! Sure, you may get some vitamins and antioxidants from the fruit juice, but you are also ingesting a lot of sugar for a small amount of benefit. And if the fruit juice is not 100% juice, there’s probably artificial flavoring, high fructose corn syrup, and other substances used to process the drink and to make it sweet. Processed foods and drinks, while okay in moderation, does not contribute much to a balanced diet because of the low nutrition benefit and the high calorie intake.
After the lesson, our superstar fitness instructor, Emma, led us in another round of fun exercise that involved jumping jacks, high knees, lunges and jogging. Parents formed two lines about 15 feet apart. Each line took turns to get from their side to the other and back. There were lots of high-fiving involved!
Together as a group, we left the playground and walked to Johnson Community Center, where apples and bananas were handed out. Here, Health Bucks were also given out to parents for them to use at our next and final destination: the Youth Market in La Marqueta. At the Youth Market, everyone spent the health bucks and sampled a delicious salad with beets, lemon juice, and other veggies! We couldn’t have ended the day with a better tasting salad!
Date: July 8th, 2017
Time: about 3 hours
Calories: # kcal**
Co-leaders: Cappy Collins, Jiamei Huang, Judy Lee, Emma Murphy
Walking 2.0 mph, slow; 130lbs = 150 kcal/hour