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Fruits and Vegetables
 

Food and Nutrition Services will promote healthy eating by highlighting a fruit or vegetable each month at the elementary schools. The goal of this promotion is to increase student’s appreciation for and consumption of fruits and vegetables. A 1998 USDA study revealed that fewer than 15% of elementary students eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables.

The promotion will include serving the featured item. During the month the food service staff will share jokes and nutrition facts about the food on the school announcements and in the serving line. The cafeteria will be decorated with pictures and food art featuring the food. A book about the food will be given away each month.
Food and Nutrition Services will host a tasting party for the class winning a monthly contest. The contest will be designed by each school. Theme suggestions for contest are cafeteria behavior, eating fruits and vegetables, or reading. The winning classroom will be served several foods featuring the monthly fruit or vegetable. The Food and Nutrition Services website will feature kid friendly recipes with the month’s fruit and vegetable for students to enjoy at home with their families.

The promotion will demonstrate the importance of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet and that healthy eating is both delicious and fun.

The featured foods and books will be:


September
Watermelon

Watermelon Wishes
  By Lisa Moser
October
Pumpkins

The Pumpkin Runner
By Marsha Diane Arnold
November
GreenPeas

Gregor Mendel - The Friar Who Grew Peas
By Cheryl Bardoe
December
Oranges

The Sun Egg
By Elsa Beskow
January
Pears

Mr. Putter & Tabby Pick the Pears
By Cynthia Rylant
February
Apples

Golden Delicious-A Cinderella Apple Story 
By Anna Egan Smucker
March
Blueberries

Blueberries for the Queen
   By John & Katherine Paterson
April
Strawberries
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, &  The Big Hungry Bear                                                            By Don & Audrey Wood         
May
Asparagus

The Mighty Asparagus
    By V. Radunsky


Recipes

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