by Joyce Fisher
Bowling Green Elementary and Frankford Elementary schools were both recipients of a recent grant through Department of Health and Senior Services.
The “Rainbow Day” event was held at Frankford on Dec. 3 and Bowling Green Elementary on Dec. 4.
The students had the opportunity to choose and taste a variety of fruits and vegetables. Fresh fruit and vegetables available were: red cabbage, yellow squash, blueberries, apples, apple pear, oranges, pineapple, pomegranate, spinach, pomelo, blackberries, raspberries, and sugar snap peas. The fresh pineapple and berries were the most popular!
Students had the opportunity to see the whole fruit and to taste test these items.
Both Rainbow Day events were so popular, we have applied for a grant to repeat the event in the spring. We are also being considered as a pilot school to begin the program in Middle and High Schools.
Rainbow Day Events promote healthy choices. Rainbow Days started as an idea in 2010 in the Boulder Valley School District in Boulder, Colo. with the purpose of promoting salad bars and healthier diets among the elementary school children.
Fruits and veggies are nutrition powerhouses. Not only are they low in fat and calories they are good sources of a variety of nutrients, such as vitamin C and folic acid that promote good health.
As part of a healthy diet, eating fruits and vegetables can:
• Help maintain a healthy weight
• Help prevent certain cancers
• Help maintain a healthy blood pressure
• Reduce heart disease risk
• Reduce diabetes risk
With over 200 choices and a variety of packaging options to make fruits and vegetables easy to store and serve, there’s bound to be something to please everyone, even the pickiest of eaters. Fresh, frozen, canned, and dried—they all count. How are you going to get more?
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is the lead agency for coordinating Fruits & Veggies—More Matters activities in our state.
The program encourages Missourians to eat more fruits and vegetables and to increase the availability of fruits and vegetables at home, school, work, and other places where food is served.
For more information about Missouri’s Fruit and Vegetable Program or to join the network of Missouri fruit and vegetable colleagues please contact email@example.com.