Program brings salads to school lunch rooms

Dec 21, 2010

Salads make a healthy meal

Eating fruits and vegetables is often cited by healthcare professionals as one of the best and easiest ways to improve health and well-being. However many people, including children, don't get enough of the appropriate food groups.

A grassroots campaign is aiming to change that by creating at least 6,000 salad bars in schools over the next three years. The project is supported by First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative.

Food, Family, Farming Foundation Chef Ann Cooper says bringing salads directly into school cafeterias will benefit children.

"Our country's 31 million children who eat school lunch every day deserve better food, and salad bars are part of the solution," says Cooper. "Adding a healthy salad bar to school lunch options is one of the most important things we can do to help improve school food, and this is a win-win for schools and their students."

Eating a healthy diet is important at any age, but especially so when a person is young and still developing. Incorporating fruits and vegetables into one's life can help ward off many health conditions and may ultimately lead to better life insurance premiums. 

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