What would it take to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables at lunch? A new group — backed by Whole Foods and the National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance — is banking on salad bars to get the job done. And they're giving away salad bars across the country to help bring more fresh fruit and veggie choices to kids each day.
Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools is a grassroots effort to support Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative by bringing salad bars to schools around the nation.
So why the salad push? The idea is that kids eat more fruits and veggies if they are offered a number of choices. And what better way to increase options than to have a fresh bar of choices available for the taking each day? That way, if kids don't like the peas or corn served with the school lunch that day, they can still hit the salad bar and pick up carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, grapes, or whatever other fruit or veggie sounds good. According to the organization, when kids are offered lots of fruit and vegetable choices, they respond by trying new items, increasing the variety of their diets, and increasing their overall consumption of fruits and vegetables.
That makes sense, right?
Thus far, the Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools program has granted 803 salad bars to schools around the country. Their goal is to fund and award 6,000 salad bars over the next three years.
Would your school benefit from a insulated salad bar? Any K-12 school district participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to apply. Check out the Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools website to find out how to get a grant.
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