Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Worcester's Healthiest School System in Massachusetts award

Last night Superintendent Boone on behalf of the Worcester Public Schools accepted the 2010 Healthiest School System in Massachusetts award from the Mass Health Council.
Why the award to Worcester?
Foods and beverages sold at school to students in the cafeteria meet the nutrition guidelines of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Qualified child nutrition professionals assist school administrators to provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meeting their health and nutrition needs; accommodate the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning...
 I'll bet you didn't know that Worcester is nationally known for being on the leading edge of getting healthy foods into schools and getting it EATEN! Switching entirely to whole grains, getting food from local farms into schools in season (how do you get 5000 ears of corn to school? Or 6000 pounds of potatoes?), getting HFCS out of chocolate milk..Worcester's done it already!
Also, Donna Lombardi in school nutrition talked to Todd English last night at the award dinner. Very sorry that I didn't get a photo.

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