On Tuesday, select students from McCurdy Elementary School put down the pencils and papers and picked up spoons and spatulas. Led by St. Louis Rams offensive guard
The Rams partnered with Schnucks for the event in order to give the participants a variety of healthy snack options. Rams ReciPEs is an initiative started by the team earlier this year with the purpose of increasing awareness and interest among youth in eating right and leading an active and healthy lifestyle. So it was only fitting that before the snack-making commenced, Smith took the group of students through a series of some of his favorite stretches. After loosening up, Smith led the kids in a game of football –themed Simon Says. From there, the kids were split into four groups and began their cooking adventure.
At the first station, members of the Rams staff set up a variety of ingredients necessary for trail mix. The kids mixed in Cheerios, banana chips, dry fruit and chocolate chips to create a sweet and salty snack.
The snack of choice at the second station was yogurt parfait. Again, with help from Rams staff members, the students scooped vanilla yogurt into cups and added in fruit.
At the third and final snack-making station, the kids created fruit-kabobs. A variety of fruits were skewered on sticks and enjoyed by the participants.
The final station incorporated the healthy-living aspect of the program through an educational Fuel Up to Play 60 station. Fuel Up to Play 60 is a program run in conjunction with the Midwest Dairy Council that teaches kids the importance of fueling your body with nutritious foods, like dairy rich food products, so they can play longer. At the Fuel Up station students learned more in depth about why it’s so important to fuel your body with healthy snacks and signed pledges that they would be active for 60 minutes a day.
After donning many hats – a chef’s hat included – throughout the day, Smith concluded the program by signing autographs for the kids and leaving them with a Rams ReciPEs “cook book.” The book is complete with healthy recipes and fitness activities to help the kids carry healthy habits and fun home.
Schnucks sponsors the Rams ReciPEs program and will partner with the Rams two more times throughout the season for Rams ReciPEs programs. Rams ReciPEs is an extension of the NFL’s PLAY 60 initiative, a program that encourages kids to be active for at least 60 minutes every day in an effort to combat childhood obesity.