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22 Sarasota County schools named healthiest in state
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22 Sarasota County schools named healthiest in state

Sarasota County, Florida – According to the Sarasota County School Board, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced that 22 elementary schools in Sarasota County were listed among the state’s “healthiest schools” on Monday, March 26. 

The number of Sarasota schools that won USDA Healthier US School Challenge Awards made up almost half of the 47 schools named statewide.

The awards recognize schools for “creating a healthier school environment by promoting nutrition and physical activity,according to a news release issued by the FLDACS.

"We are so pleased that the federal and state agriculture departments have recognized the work our staff has been doing for years to increase the servings of fruits and vegetables, whole grains,  low-fat milk and other healthy choices for our students,” said Beverly Girard, director of Food and Nutrition Services for Sarasota County Schools. “With our emphasis on a complete, nutritionally balanced meal rather than on a la carte selections, and by teaching elementary students that healthy food can also be fun and delicious, we are getting children started on good eating habits that will last a lifetime.”     

Girard said her staff worked with schools to identify goals for physical exercise and to develop specific activities for students at each school, such as structured recess, walking clubs and the President’s Challenge, a program that encourages physical fitness. The overall objective was to integrate nutrition and physical activity to encourage a comprehensive approach to student health.  

For parents interested in learning more about the healthy initiatives in place for your children, tune into The Education Channel (Comcast 20, Verizon 33) for a half-hour episode of the series “Your Money at Work" on April 16. 

The program, which will be repeated several times in April and May, explores the ways the department focuses on food safety, nutrition, economics and education.A time for the April 16 debut of the program and rebroadcasts will be announced on the station’s website, www.TheEdChannel.net. 

 

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