Fresh YOUth

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By Ailene Ignacio

APIOPA and their Historic Filipinotown community partner, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) both understand the importance of healthy eating and value the education of such. As a result, APIOPA put on a mini-workshop series for SIPA’s After School Enrichment Program Youth called SIPA’s Finding Reasons to Eat Smart and Healthy, or SIPA’s FRESH for short. This series was created and executed by the Fresh HiFi team, led by Community Healthy Liaison Ailene Ignacio, and Fresh HiFi interns Justin Sabino and Vanessa Hermoso.

The first workshop, which took place in March, focused on the MyPlate and the importance of portion control. The MyPlate is the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s current nutrition guide, and includes 5 food groups: Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Protein, and Dairy. SIPA’s FRESH not only introduced the idea of the MyPlate to SIPA Youth, but did so in a way that was relatable cross cultures.

The second workshop was held in April, and focused on the fat and sugar content of foods not only eaten by all children, but also those especially eaten by youth of Filipino or Latino heritage. For example, as an activity, the Fresh HiFi Team had youth play a matching game where teams competed against one another to guess which bag of fat (lard) or sugar belonged with foods such as a bottle of soda or large order of French fries.

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The third and final workshop that took place in May served as a review of what the youth had learned in the past two workshops. The elementary school youth did this by playing two games: Fill in the Plate, in which they had to name which food groups were missing in a given set, and This or That, where they had to choose which foods had less fat or sugar content. The middle school/high school group reviewed by playing game that was similar in style to the game show “Jeopardy.” In addition to the review, the Fresh HiFi team did cooking demonstrations to show youth healthy alternative snacks.

For more information on Fresh HiFi and SIPA’s FRESH, please contact Ailene Ignacio via email at: aignacio@apiopa.org.

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