KC Healthy Kids Puts Healthy Celebrations On The Menu In Area Schools

By Beth Low

Did you ever give an apple to a favorite teacher? We’re turning that tradition around for Food Day by encouraging area schools to give their students apples instead!

More than one third of 6-19 year olds in the US are overweight or obese. Think about that for a minute. It’s ONE IN THREE. The consequences are staggering, ranging from increased likelihood that a child will be bullied to future reductions in workforce health and productivity.

Given that more than 80% of adolescents don’t eat the recommended five or more daily servings of fruit or vegetables, it’s critical that schools provide appealing, healthy options. Farm to School programs are a great way to introduce a wider variety of fresh, delicious foods to students. KC Healthy Kids’ Farm to School Academy is doing just that, with taste testings and education for students, parents and faculty, plus training and technical assistance for food service staff.

This year we are celebrating Food Day and National Farm to School Month by encouraging our school partners to feature local apples on lunch trays or as snacks on October 24th. We are also promoting strategies for healthy school celebrations through tools like these:

Do you want to help your child’s school celebrate Food Day? Your PTA/PTO can use the many FREE national resources to promote a healthy guidelines for school celebrations, and there are loads of other ideas and tools available online. Whatever you do, be sure to register your events on the national map.

Delicious, fresh foods in our schools and healthy kids? Now that’s something worth celebrating!

Get thisĀ Children’s Diet Infographic:

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