A School Nurse's Health & Safety Tips for Elementary Students and Staff

HAIL KALE

Good morning boys and girls.  Mrs. Ferrara here with your Physically Fit Friday health tip.  Kale, kale, the gang’s all here.  What the heck do we care?  What the heck to we care? Well, we should care because there is a lot to like about kale. In fact, there are some people who live in Vermont who think that kale should be their official state vegetable. 

 Kale is part of the cabbage family and a close relative of cauliflower, brussel sprouts and our good friend broccoli.  Kale, also known as borecole, is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet. A leafy green, kale is available in curly, ornamental, or dinosaur varieties.

 Kale has more Vitamin C than an orange.  Whhhaaaattt?  Let’s do the math.  One cup of kale has 134% of the required daily intake of Vitamin C.  An orange has 113% of the recommended daily intake.  One cup of kale weighs just 67 grams while a medium orange weighs 131 grams.  Gram for gram kale has twice the Vitamin C as an orange.  Boys and girls, you know that Vitamin C helps our bodies resist infection.

 Kale is also loaded with Vitamin A and that’s important for healthy skin and healthy vision.

 So, all hail kale.  And as a very wise student suggested, when it comes to taking a test, eat some kale.  You’ll never fail.

 Have a physically fit Friday.

Another gem from Kate C.

Another gem from Kate C.