BURNEYVILLE, Okla. (KTEN) — High school students at Turner Public Schools are bringing nutrition and healthy living education to younger students in the district. 

“We noticed there wasn’t a true place for teaching kids about nutrition, so we decided to fill that gap and teach them ourselves,” explained 10th grade student Kaylee Taylor. “We’re trying to teach it in a way where little kids can understand it better.”

So far, they’ve taught lessons in several elementary classrooms. 

“They’ve really enjoyed it. They have a lot of questions and seem to really be listening and taking everything in,” said 10th grader McKynzie Tripp. ”I think it’s good to do it the younger they are, so they can grow up and keep those healthy habits.”

The 10th grade students use hands-on activities like games to keep children engaged. 

“We can talk about the food plate for younger kids, and then with the older kids, we can talk about what’s on the nutrition label,” said sophomore Raegan Baker. "We are playing games with them, so we will show them an apple and talk about processed foods and the difference between those and foods that aren't processed.”

The idea was sparked by a contest staged by Family, Career and Community Leaders of America

“They all placed at regionals and are moving onto district, but they liked it more than just a contest and made it something where they will actually see something happen with these kids as they grow,” said Turner High School’s FAX advisor Jamie McNeill. 

Counselor Aimee Garrett said the project also gives students tools for success after high school. 

"These students have taken on really big projects, and they’re dedicated, and to see that in young people is really refreshing,” Garrett said. “There is so much that goes into this project that they’ve already tackled. They’re going to make great employees and great service members to their communities, because they already have these planning skills and the ability to foresee the needs of others.”

Students plan to expand the healthy habits program over the next few years.