Winter Park High School (WPHS) students served up lunch as well as special insight into healthy culture changes underway at WPHS to more than 40 local principals visiting the school on December 12.
Tim Smith, WPHS Principal, played host to the principals who are part of the Orange County Public School’s East Learning Community, and said he wanted to use the occasion to introduce them to the Live.Life.Healthy (LLH) initiative and the school’s partnership with the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF).
The student-created and operated LLH initiative, founded with grant support from WPHF, is designed to encourage all students to eat healthier and be more active.
Mr. Smith asked the student leaders of LLH to provide principals with a healthy lunch and they did so by setting up and staffing a series of outdoor booths. At the booths, they gave principals the ingredients for and helped them prepare healthy grilled chicken wraps and mini caprese salads. These are the same items the students prepare for fellow students when they set up “quick kitchens” during school lunch. “Quick kitchens” are used to demonstrate healthy and quick items students can make at home.
Students also prepared fresh fruit drinks and helped principals prepare their own smoothies by pedaling a blender bike. A table, loaded with fresh corn, cabbage, kale and other produce, also was available. Principals were invited to bag up produce for use at home, and they were given healthy recipes to help with preparation.
The 22 students staffing the tables are members of the WPHS marketing class that is dedicated to managing Live.Life.Healthy.