Music to my ears as a Lee’s Summit mom. I was over the moon to find out that Lee’s Summit elementary schools now offer salad bar options for elementary kids. I raised my son to eat and try foods that I like and don’t like. I never limited him to my personal dietary options.
As a result, my son would complain that he didn’t have enough healthy options on certain menu days, especially those days with heavy fried and processed foods. He also feels that he doesn’t have enough healthy breakfast choices at school.
Here is the email from the Lee’s Summit School District. Another great reason why Lee’s Summit neighborhoods are the way to go!
“The LSR7 Nutrition Services Department is offering salad bars in all 18 elementary schools. This step is part of an ongoing effort to improve healthy eating in our schools by making the healthy choice the easy choice.
Students and staff will be able to choose a full chef or tossed salad for their entree, or select fresh or hot veggies and fruits as sides. Different portioned protein choices will be offered daily, including diced ham, diced turkey, hard boiled eggs, grilled chicken strips, and low-fat shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese for the chef salads. A rotating fresh variety of vegetables of broccoli, cauliflower, carrot and celery sticks, green peppers, tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers and other options will be available. Occasionally, legumes such as garbanzo beans, red kidney beans and black bean salsa will also be offered. Homemade coleslaw, pineapple slaw, pasta salad, carrot/raisin salad and broccoli salad will be offered as “limited time” and “special day” choices in order to remain within our federal guidelines. Homemade croutons and low fat dressings will also be offered daily.
The Nutrition Department is excited to offer elementary students and staff a convenient and affordable healthy choice.”
Lee’s Summit Schools are addressing the obesity and behavioral issues and prevention in doing so. Studies such as those conducted at Northwestern.edu and by the Feingold Association have shown that schools contribute to child obesity and affect learning behaviors.
In support of these benefits, the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity endorses the use of salad bars in schools. The USDA also stated: “Salad bars continue to be a great option for meeting the meal pattern requirements, especially vegetable subgroups.”
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