Granite District schools sneak in more fruits and veggies

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  • Wiley Old School RIC, VA
    Feb. 7, 2011 9:12 a.m.

    Proud alum of Mill Creek elementary! (From waaaaay back in the day!)

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 8:04 a.m.

    It's an improvement, but the fruits and vegetables should be ORGANIC.

  • utahprincipal801 Sandy, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 5:39 a.m.

    When I was serving my administrative internship in the 1990's in an elementary school and junior high in Granite District, I was shocked at the quality of their school lunches. The food was trucked in from the central cooking site, then warmed up and served. It was mostly pizza and other such typical fare and was hardly fit to eat, I felt. I am so thrilled to read about the changes being made, and especially that a fresh salad bar is offered every day. Kudos to Granite and other local districts for supporting families in eating more healthy diets. Thank you, Deseret News, for the article, and helping spread the good news. Now, we need to keep pushing for more physical actitivites, such as walking safely to school when possible, and the other guidelines promoted in the state-wide Gold Medal School project.

  • Really??? Kearns, UT
    Feb. 5, 2011 6:04 p.m.

    Does every education article have to become a free advertisement for what Carolyn Sharette is doing at her "wonderful" charter school? Perhaps the Deseret News should start charging her advertising fees?

  • Carolyn Sharette Sandy, UT
    Feb. 5, 2011 10:56 a.m.

    Our school addressed the healthy eating challenge by contracting with Jason's Deli to deliver our school lunch. Pizza and hot dogs are not on our menu (nor are any hot foods). Each day, Jason's brings in cold lunches for our students and they all reflect the high nutritional standard we want for our students - whole grain breads, fresh fruits and vegetables every day, no chips, brownies or other unhealthy foods. Desserts include their delicious cookies (with cranberries, nuts and other healthy ingredients) and puddings.

    At first there were questions about why no hot foods from students and parents. But students quickly adjusted and are eating healthy, delicious lunches every day.

    Not having unhealthy food available is a key in our program. If students are hungry, they eat the chicken pasta salad, or the turkey wrap, or the taco salad (we have one choice each day). This has forced our students to try things, eat them multiple times (a key in developing a taste for a new food) and now they have a wide range of foods they enjoy eating that are healthy for them.

  • EP Sandy, Ut
    Feb. 4, 2011 2:05 p.m.

    Fantastic. I love what Granite District is doing. It is harder to get your kids to eat healthy foods (such as whole wheat breads) at home when they become accustomed to the less healthy foods at school.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    Yet another example of schools being forced to make up where families are falling down. Nutrition at school IS important but it seems that it's going to extremes. Too bad for schools that they have to since parents are not watching diets at breakfast and dinner. Shame on us.