Improved School Nutrition Focus Of Committee 1-24-2011 - WSMV News 4

Improved School Nutrition Focus Of Committee 1-24-2011

Reported by Sara Dorsey
There's a renewed push to get students to eat healthier at school. What started as an idea to find less sugar-filled flavored milk has ballooned into a school nutrition committee.

Video: Committee Focuses On Improved School Nutrition

A quick glance at most school lunch lines reveals some healthy options and others that would make a nutritionist cringe.
But the newly formed school nutrition committee -- made up of parents, principals, food service staff and nonprofits -- has one goal in mind.
“More wholesome, less processed food items, more fresh fruits and vegetables, possibly salad bars, within some of the schools,” said Shavaun Evans of Community Food Advocates.
The team plans to get creative by finding new, innovative ideas -- such as the possibility of partnering with local growers -- and pushing successful ideas like J.T. Moore Middle School’s garden and Fresh Friday program.
“They will harvest produce from our garden, bring it in and cook it right here in the cafeteria and sample food with children. Sometimes that’s been fresh fruit; sometimes it's been Swiss chard,” said J.T. Moore Principal Jill Pittman.
There will be a learning element, such as identifying farm- versus factory-created food. The committee begins in February, and parent Ginger Sands said she's eager to see positive changes.
“I think it's really exciting that there a lot of different forces in the political and school community, and even educational community, that are folding together to try and make things better for our kids,” said Sands.
The committee's goal is to take some of the recommendations and implement them as pilot programs at various schools in Nashville, possibly as early as the fall.
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