Originally published Feb. 28, 2019 by the University of Miami.
By Barbara Gutierrez
The exercise was simple enough. University of Miami professor Arlette Perry asked a roomful of seventh graders: “How much sugar is in a McDonald’s smoothie?”
With the help of Isabella Rios, a 13-year-old student, she measured a whopping 16 teaspoons into a clear glass full of water.
“That is gross,” said Rios, as her classmates giggled around her. Learning the perils of too much sugar in their bodies is only one of many lessons for this class of 7th graders at Henry S. West Laboratory School (West Lab). They are participating in a Translational Health in Nutrition and Kinesiology (THINK) program, sponsored by the University of Miami’s School of Education and Human Development. Read More