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2014 Service-Learning Symposium: Bluhm’s Plate: Free the Food

2014 Service-Learning Symposium

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Bluhm’s Plate: Free the Food

Authors: Danielle Morehouse, Juana Rivera, Julie Flores, Anna Makova, Meagan West, Bri'anna James, Thea Scott, Margo Roberts, Margaret Harvey, Yanitza Sanchez, and Katie Briscoe

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Carla Bluhm

Abstract: 
This plate is meant to help parents introduce new foods to their children in a fun, creative, and most importantly easy way. The plate is broken up into different colored sections however it is unlike other plates of its kind as the colored sections are to be utilized for foods of that same color. So, rather than having the red section be for a general type of food such as protein, a parent would put strawberries or tomatoes in that section. There is also a space for butter or a dipping sauce, as well as a small section for a "bite of something new". We are hoping to make trying new foods something exciting and not scary for children. The last section is labeled "sweet thing", the theory behind this section of the plate is to take away the reward aspect of sugar or desserts. We have made the plates and they are on display with an informational pamphlet at several daycares in the community.