Kaiser Permanente donates salad bars to DC schools

12/05/2013 01:36:00 PM
Tom Karst

United FreshUnited Fresh Produce Association President & CEO Tom Stenzel discusses the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign at Burrville Elementary School in Northeast DC.Seven new salad bars in Washington, D.C., elementary schools will bring more fruits and vegetables to 2,300 students.

A Dec. 5 ribbon cutting at Burrville Elementary School celebrated the donation by Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, according to a United Fresh Produce Association news release.

“Through our partnership with the United Fresh Foundation we are increasing students’ daily access to fresh fruits and vegetables,” Celeste James, director of community health initiatives for Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, said in the release. “If we want children to practice healthy eating behaviors we need to ensure that healthy options are readily available.”

Kaiser Permanente provided a grant to the United Fresh Foundation to provide the salad bars. The United Fresh Foundation is a founding partner of Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, which supports first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to end childhood obesity in a generation.

“United Fresh is honored to partner with Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States to improve children’s eating habits and health,” Lorelei DiSogra, vice president of nutrition & health for United Fresh, said in the release. “Salad bars are an effective strategy for increasing children’s consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, and are the easiest way for schools to meet the new federal nutrition standards for school lunch that emphasize more fruits and vegetables.”

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