Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Children spend the majority of their day spent at school and if they are not obtaining proper nutrition, this can negatively affect them physically and academically in the classroom. Thus, current and future teachers want to make sure their students are healthy and learning to their best potential. For this action project, the researcher partnered with a first grade teacher and her students at Monterey Bay Charter School. An interview was conducted with the teacher as well as with one student in the class. Anonymous surveys were also sent out to the parents in this class to better understand what they were packing in their child's lunchbox at school and why they chose those specific foods. From the results, it can be concluded that most of these students were already eating healthy foods because of their parents’ desire for healthy lifestyles. The researcher also found out that some of these students could name healthy foods but were not able to explain why they are healt hy. Based on these findings a nutrition lesson was taught to the students. From this research project and action, the researcher learned that introducing healthy eating habits at an early age can benefit the children to live healthy lifestyles.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department

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