Many of the meals at Springfield Elementary may be free, but that doesn't mean they're not healthy. The school is participating in a new pilot program to promote healthy eating among children.
The program teaches students to follow nutrition concepts they learn in class. Then the school's lunchroom reinforces those concepts, offering only healthy choices, no fried foods. The students are also being encouraged to eat more fruits and vegetables.
School officials showcased the program Tuesday as part of National School Lunch Week. Some district officials and parents showed up to share a healthy meal with the kids.
"We have to kinda just reprogram ourselves. You know, this is something we're having to work on. It's not something we're going to change overnight, but so far it's working well and the students seem to be adjusted and the parents," said Harriet Taylor, Springfield Elementary Principal.
The Bay County Health Department received a grant to help fund this program, but the all-healthy meals cost 20 cents more than the traditional school meals, so it's up in the air as to whether this healthy eating program will continue at Springfield or any other school after this year.