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LIFE nutrition month encourages healthy eating through speaker event and snack bars

Jonathan Szeto
Ritu Belani (12), Anna Lee (12) and Caden Ruan (10) choose food options from the LIFE Board’s snack bar after school on March 14. The board set up the snacks as a healthier alternative option with orange juice, donuts and more.

The Living with Intent, Focus and Enthusiasm (LIFE) Board held a speaker event on March 11 and two snack bars, one on March 14 and the other on March 27, as part of their Nutrition Month initiative.

Dietitian Sara Leung hosted a discussion with students about making wise food choices during the “Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Nuanced Nutrition” speaker event in LIFE Board adviser and mathematics teacher Bradley Stoll’s room during lunch. Leung answered questions about authentic eating, preconceptions about nutrition and unhealthy relationships with food and also encouraged students to understand their personal values and choose foods based on those beliefs.

Members of the LIFE Board also held a snack bar after school from 3 p.m. on March 14 in front of Manzanita Hall. Students who scanned a QR code to follow the LIFE Board’s Instagram account could choose from multiple food options, such as orange juice, bagels with cream cheese, croissants and vegan muffins provided by Stoll, all of which the board chose as healthy snacks. LIFE Board adviser and assistant upper school division head Kelly Horan expressed satisfaction with the number of students who followed the account and had the chance to eat more nutritious snacks.

“I was happy with the turnout,” Horan said. “We got a lot more people signed up for our @lifeatharker Instagram account, since the number of people following went up by 50. So I thought it went well, especially because it was a beautiful sunny day and people came out and enjoyed some healthy food.”

The snack bar ran out of food and orange juice by 3:45 p.m. LIFE Board member Sriteja Kataru (11) highlighted the benefits of the alternative snacks offered to students in the event, many of whom usually walk off-campus to purchase less healthy options.

“I’m glad to see that all the Harker community is interested in having healthier choices for snack options,” Sriteja said. “It’s a great way to say that we have better options instead of going across the street, going to Starbucks and getting unhealthy drinks or unhealthy food choices, and you can just come here and get more nutritious snacks.”

Caden Ruan (10), who chose a muffin and a cup of orange juice, was thankful for the opportunity to receive a snack on campus.

“I don’t usually go anywhere for food after school, but sometimes I do get hungry,” Caden said. “The food choices they had today were pretty good and healthy, so I definitely am looking forward to coming back a second time.”

Horan emphasized the importance for students to eat healthy, the main message of the LIFE Board’s initiative during March.

“The snack bar’s a reminder that we don’t always have to go off campus to find good foods,” Horan said. “We had some orange juice here, some vegan apple cinnamon muffins — we don’t always have to rely on sweet drinks and caffeine.”

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Jonathan Szeto
Jonathan Szeto, Reporter
Jonathan Szeto (10) is a reporter for Harker Aquila, and this is his second year on staff. This year, Jonathan hopes to improve his photography skills and interview more people around campus. In his free time, he enjoys playing piano and learning more about aerospace.

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