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School starts today! But it’s been a busy summer for School Nutrition staff members. They’ve spent part of the summer working to ensure new national health guidelines set forth by the Healthy, Hunger Free-Kids Act of 2010 will be met. The legislation aimed at combating childhood obesity trends and improving child nutrition, goes into effect this academic school year. The change is expected to have an impact on what schools across the country put on the menu.
These changes are already evident in school lunchrooms across the district. The media is invited to meet with Director of School Nutrition Susan Ehrhart, Horizons Elementary Principal Ruth Reimer and other staff members to find out why cafeterias are dishing out healthy food options.
Location: Horizons Elementary
Address: 1700 Forest Lake Drive, Davenport, FL 33837
Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Time: 10 a.m.
Horizons Elementary is the recipient of a $4,402 Team Nutrition Go for the Challenge Healthy Schools Project sub-grant. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Office of Food, Nutrition and Wellness distributed the grant. Horizons Elementary will receive comprehensive technical assistance and training in order to encourage healthy lifelong eating habits and physical activity among students.
Nutrition at Polk County Public Schools:
According to the Food Research and Action Center, 31.8 percent of American children and adolescents are overweight or obese, while 16.9 percent are classified as obese.
Polk County Public Schools (PCPS) is committed to tackling the obesity rate and continues to make nutrition a priority. PCPS already has a Wellness Policy that promotes and protects children’s health, well being and ability to learn by promoting and supporting healthy eating, physical activity and healthy lifestyles.
In keeping with the Schools Meals Program mission, to serve the future of America by nourishing bodies and minds for healthier tomorrows, the following modifications were made to the meal plans. Other healthy practices such as preparing cafeteria food that is NOT fried and making sure students have active recess during the day, continue to reinforce PCPS commitment to healthier school districts.
Farm to School
The overall goal is to create an environment in which students embrace lifelong healthy eating habits and a healthy lifestyle.News