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Encourage Healthy Choices in Your School

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Currently, one in three school age children are not only overweight or obese but are also at an increased risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. School communities are increasingly becoming places where healthy habits can flourish. School lunch, breakfast, and snacks account for the majority of the food that kids eat during the week. For this reason, providing access to healthy, nutritionally balanced food at school will help students focus and excel in their classes, while also helping them develop good eating habits for life. HUBERT® Mobile Carts are a portable service option that can be used anytime, anywhere. Encourage students to make healthy choices by serving fresh fruit and veggies during lunch or snack time or overnight oats during the breakfast rush, HUBERT® has the tools you need to help win the fight against childhood obesity.

Updates to Nutrition Standards have had Beneficial Effects on School Nutrition and Health

  • Kids are now choosing healthier foods and are eating 16% more vegetables and 23% more fruit
  • School meals are now lower in sodium
  • 70% of elementary school administrators and food service staff report positive feedback from their students on the new lunch standards

Source: www.heart.org

Healthy Kids. Successful Students

A healthy school nutrition environment makes it easier for students to make healthy choices by supplying them with nutritious and appealing foods and beverages. Meals must meet federal nutrition standards set by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) which require a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; set limits on saturated fat and sodium; and set both minimum and maximum calorie levels.

By 2025, it's estimated that healthy nutritional standards for all foods sold in schools will decrease the number of childhood obesity cases by more than 2 million.

Child Nutrition Facts

Healthy eating in childhood and adolescence is important for proper growth, development, and prevention of various health conditions. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that people aged 2 years or older follow a healthy eating pattern that includes the following:

Source: https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/

  • A variety of fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Fat-free and low-fat dairy products
  • A variety of protein foods
  • Oils

Tips on what you can do to Promote Nutritious Foods at Your School

Offer pre-cut produce to promote portion size and to make them easier to eat

Make fruits and vegetables the first thing students see as they go through the lunch line

Use colorful packaging to attract students to healthier options

Provide clean, cool-water fountains

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  • Encourage students to participate in breakfast, lunch, and after-school snack programs
  • Offer meals that meet national nutritional standards
  • Set minimum and maximum calorie levels for breakfast and lunch for each age group
  • Invest in cafeteria equipment to store, prepare, and display healthy foods , such as a salad bar
  • Give students adequate time to eat
  • Train food service staff in healthy food preparation techniques
  • Incorporate nutrition education into school meal programs

Why Farm to School?

One of the most effective strategies in encouraging healthy choices has been the Farm to School program. This program involves school dining staff engaging students through hands-on activities, including planting, harvesting and preparing items from their own school garden. Through this garden, the school dining staff builds relationships that encourage students to try new foods and make healthy choices. A school garden is the perfect way to get students to make the connection between growing food and proper diet, develop life skills and increase environmental awareness.

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Researchers found that students that attend schools with a Farm to School program ate 37% more vegetables and 11% more fruit than the average student consumed before their school adopted the program.

Lifelong Benefits of a School Garden for Students:

  • Allows them to taste and learn about healthy food
  • Teaches them how to grow fruits and vegetables
  • Develops team work skills
  • Promotes better nutrition
  • Teaches to value the work of those who grow our food

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Encourage Students to Try New Fruits and Vegetables

Fresh Fruit and Veggie Cart

It's one thing to offer students fruits and vegetables for school lunch; it's another for them to actually eat them. Unfortunately consumption of fruit and vegetables among children has fallen below recommended levels. However, studies have shown that kids will eat more fruits and vegetables, when more fruits and vegetables are introduced to them.

A Fresh Fruit & Veggie Cart allows you to reach more students throughout the school. Add fun, colorful signage with cool names (such as Turbo Tomatoes or X-Ray Carrots) to entice more students to try a new fruit or vegetable. Another way to achieve this is by adding fun stickers to the fruit or vegetables (such as Elmo or Bugs Bunny) these familiar characters will add to the colorful healthy snack assortment.

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Often students are unfamiliar with fruits and vegetables and do not choose them as part of their meal. Now, thanks to a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) students will now have the chance to taste and learn about how fruits and vegetables are grown. This program has been instrumental in introducing elementary school children to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to try.

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Treat Students to a Yogurt Parfait Bar

Get students excited about eating healthy with a make-your-own yogurt parfait bar. Yogurt is a nutrient-dense food that offers a variety of nutritional benefits. So, not only is yogurt good for children, it taste great and is a no-nonsense choice at meals and for snacks. In addition, for students who don't like to drink milk, yogurt is a calcium-rich alternative.

A create-your-own yogurt parfait bar is super easy to utilize and will make your school breakfast "craze" much easier. Students are able to build their own by choosing from a variety of yogurt flavors and topping with their choice of a variety of fruits, granola and other approved toppings.

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Grab and Go

If Time is of the Essence in K-12, Try Grab & Go

Are your students in a hurry to get to class and forgot to eat breakfast? Is there not enough time to go through the cafeteria line? A Grab & Go cart will help give students the sustenance they need and contribute to healthy eating. Offer items such as wraps, yogurt cups, fresh fruits, single-serving veggies, and bottled juices and water. Keep premade food fresh and appealing by using eco-friendly containers.

Any of our mobile carts can be used as a Grab & Go cart. Simply place the cart in high-traffic areas, such as the school entrance, cafeteria, hallways, or near the gym.

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