Salad Bar Promote Healthy Eating in Schools Statewide

Kipp South Fulton academy offers greens, tomato wedges, cucumbers, carrots, shredded cheese and garbanzo beans in the hopes of getting their students to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables. Funds for this come from the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation as part of the national Let’s Move salad Bars to Schools program. The salad bar that Kipp South Fulton Academy is getting is just one of fifteen salad bars being distributed to schools in the metro area, etc. before the end of the school year. School nutrition has become a hot topic due in part to first Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to raise a healthier generation of kids. Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools has the goal of placing 6,000 salad bars in schools around the country by 2013. Georgia has the second highest childhood obesity rate after Mississippi, and according the article students, parents, and nutritionists are very happy to have these salad bars.  More than 1,200 salad bar have been delivered to schools nationwide through the campaign already. Unfortunately 1,200 more schools are still on the waiting list because of funding issues. Dr. Stephanie Walsh, medical director of child wellness for Children’s healthcare of Atlanta, says, “Access is an important component to helping kids eat healthy…”

(Source: (the Atlanta Journal-Constitution))