05/05/2012 - Chris, an Ebinport Elementary fourth-grader, took a deep breath as he prepared to taste lettuce and radishes for the first time.
First a small bite. Then another. And another. Then a thumbs-up.
“It’s really awesome,” he said.
Why did the 10-year-old, who saw leafy greens as gross, bother to sample salad in the first place?
Because, Chris said, he and classmates raised the veggies from seeds.
New federal rules, taking effect this year, require schools to double the amount of fruits and vegetables served, increase whole grains, serve only low-fat or fat-free milk and limit trans fats. By 2022, schools must cut the amount of sodium served in half.
A poll released this month by the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project shows most Americans favor improving food sold in school.
Eighty percent support a national nutritional standard for competitive foods like snacks and drinks sold “a la carte.”
Health advocates say school gardens are crucial to inspiring children to embrace fresher fare.
Read the full article, Garden Fresh Goes Over Well at School, on the Charlotte Observer's website.