Mississippi Districts Win HealthierUS School Challenge Awards
Celebrating Mississippi Successes in Child Nutrition Programs
During the 2008-2009 school year, Sudduth Elementary School began a program to feature a “vegetable of the month” in their cafeteria each month to encourage student consumption of vegetables and trying new foods. At the suggestion of the principal, Libby Mosley, teachers and cafeteria staff worked together, utilizing the U.S. Department of Defense fresh vegetables, to create bulletin boards, taste testings, teacher fact sheets, cafeteria table tents, and even a “sweet potato drop”. Featured vegetables were zucchini, sweet potatoes, potatoes, pinto, black and green beans, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, and tomatoes. Menus were sent home with students each month to highlight the vegetable for that month. As a result of this activity, vegetable consumption increased in Sudduth Elementary, and teachers had the opportunity to collaborate with others to meet a common goal that would benefit their students.
Moorhead Middle School in the Sunflower County School District improved the visual presentation of fruit and entrees in the school cafeteria as a means of encouraging healthy food selections.
New Albany Elementary saw an increase in fruit and vegetable consumption due to nutrition education and new marketing in the cafeteria.
Pearl Upper Elementary educated students and parents on the importance of having a good breakfast, making nutritious choices and choosing healthy snacks. They encouraged each student to eat a daily breakfast and kept charts on the wall of each classroom to track progress.
At Stern Enhancement School with the Greenville Public Schools, students were taught how to make healthy food choices. Students and faculty have reported losing weight and some students have been telling parents what to buy in the grocery stores.
Deep fryers have been completely removed from all the school cafeterias in the Columbus Municipal School District as part of its commitment toward healthier food preparation. All elementary schools in the Starkville School District have made the same commitment.
All soft drinks were removed from vending machines and replaced with healthier choices to include water, milk, sports drinks and 100% juice at Magnolia Junior High School in the Moss Point School District and in Marshall Elementary School in the Carroll County School District.
Clarksdale Municipal School District and Margaret Green Junior High School of the Cleveland School District completely revived their school breakfast programs.
Madison Station Elementary School in the Madison County School District focused on promoting their school breakfast program– doubling participation from 157 to 314 students.
A new snack program was introduced at Hernando Elementary School in Desoto County Schools where apples, oranges and bananas were sold to students for 25 cents.