Thanks to a Healthy Snacks grant from the Department of Community Affairs, children participating in an after-school tutoring program at Monument Elementary are enjoying nutritious treats. The students also are serving as “researchers” to help NJPHK-Trenton document children’s taste preferences when it comes to healthy snack foods.
Shannon O’Connor, AmeriCorps member serving as network assistant for NJPHK-Trenton, researched a wide variety of healthy snacks suitable for distribution at Monument and compiled nutrition information about each. After snacks are provided to the students, Monument staff ask them which they like and dislike. O’Connor collects that information, and as a result, NJPHK-Trenton has a comprehensive list of healthy snacks that children prefer. The list is available to schools, parents and care givers, and other interested parties and includes: