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Kids Teaching Kids: Fighting
Obesity One Snack at a Time

The Kids Teaching Kids program, a collaborative effort by Medical City Dallas Hospital, the Frisco Independent School District and the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association, has made preparing healthy snacks a snap for Frisco’s fourth- and fifth-graders.

Frisco’s culinary students had to learn the importance of portion size and to read nutrition labels on ingredients.

Juniors and seniors in Frisco’s chapters of ProStart, a nationwide culinary arts careers program, worked alongside a Medical City dietician to develop nutritious, low-fat snacks that elementary students can prepare on their own. That meant no sharp knives, no stove and no microwaving.

As part of Kids Teaching Kids, Frisco’s culinary students had to learn the importance of portion size and to read nutrition labels on ingredients. The students produced 20 healthy snack recipes, with fruit, peanut butter and yogurt featured prominently.

For instance, their peanut butter banana spirals —low-fat peanut butter and vanilla yogurt on a fat-free flour tortilla, topped with sliced bananas and rolled and sliced into spirals — clock in at just 203 calories per serving, with 7.1 grams of fat.

The recipes were taste-tested by Shawnee Elementary students. Frisco ISD graphic design students designed a cookbook based on the recipes that was distributed to all fourth- and fifth-graders in the district in May 2010. Medical City recruited a local business to sponsor production of the free cookbook.

Kids Teaching Kids plans to expand beyond North Texas, partnering with the Texas Restaurant Association to bring the program to more schools in 2011.

For more information on Kids Teaching Kids, visit the Medical City website.

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