Sunny View Elem. awarded Fresh Fruit &Vegetable grant

Published 3:35 pm Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sunny View Elementary School has been selected to participate in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program for the 2010-2011 school year.

One hundred six elementary schools across North Carolina were selected to participate in the program which provides funds to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. These snacks will be offered to students (at no charge) throughout the school day.

Fresh fruits and vegetables will be available to students at scheduled times as coordinated with the principal, teachers and child nutrition staff. The goal of the program is to make a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables easily accessible to students so they will be able to eat and enjoy them more often.

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The program also creates a healthier school environment. Eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily can improve overall health and prevent the risk of cancer. According tto health experts, too few students consume enough fruits and vegetables. These foods contribute to better health because they are low in calories and fat, but are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Sunny View staff says they hope to challenge parents to encourage their child or children to sample a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. By doing this, parents can help to instill healthy habits in their children at an early age.