Schools can help children eat smart and move more! Schools can make sure that healthy eating options are offered to children. They can also remove sugar-sweetened beverages from the cafeterias and restrict unhealthy foods at any events in the schools. In addition, making physical activity a priority during the school day, along with ample time for recess, will help combat childhood obesity and overweight.
Fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly those locally grown, can improve the taste and nutritional quality of school meals. The Rhode Island Farm to School Project at Farm Fresh RI helps school districts source locally. Menu planners may contact them for assistance in finding local produce.
The Rhode Island Nutrition Requirements sets standards to make food served in the cafeteria and available in vending machines healthier. Schools are required to order from the approved healthy food lists. (more)