A watermelon Cheshire Cat and a cantaloupe fish are just two of the creative photos you will see on ITSMeals, Provo City School District’s Facebook page. The Provo City School District Child Nutrition Program has received the Best of State Award for six consecutive years. It consistently goes above and beyond to promote nutrition and healthy eating. The nutrition program is creating healthy menus for kids from locally grown food, and they’re doing it with creativity and technical savvy. In a time when media attention sometimes focuses on negative aspects of school lunch, their popular Facebook page highlights nutritious meals and allows students and parents to recognize the efforts being made to promote healthy lifestyles.
According to the Provo City Schools nutrition department, its schools have begun adopting improved nutrition standards. “This will include an increase in the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat free and low-fat milk . . . our goal is to enhance the diet and health of school children, help mitigate the childhood obesity trend, and support learning by promoting healthy habits that will last a lifetime!”
Because most children consume a large portion of their daily food intake at school, nutrition programs are in a position to influence children’s food choices and eating habits. Healthy eating helps kids learn better and be more successful in school.