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Ada Schools Honored for Nutrition

Ada Schools Honored for Nutrition

eth L. Jokinen | The Lima News, Ohio

ADA – Ada schools is making sure pupils eat healthier, and the state is taking notice.

The district is one of about 30 schools around the state to be recognized for its use of best practices to promote a healthy school nutrition environment. The district earned an honorable mention award in the Stellar Award program.

“It is quite the honor to be acknowledged for trying to put the best nutrition we can in front of those children,” said Ann Hersey, food service director.

The state established the award in 2003. Recipients are selected based on their efforts to adopt U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for wellness policies. Guidelines include offering healthy a la carte and vending machine choices, providing pleasant environment for pupils, and training for food service staff.

“Schools that provide high-quality meals to their students help prepare young minds and bodies for learning,” state Superintendent Deborah Delisle said. “These schools have shown a commitment to nurturing the whole child that deserves to be recognized.”

Ada has worked to take higher fat items out of the menu and a la carte selections, keeping the fat below seven grams. It has also switched to 50-50 or 100 percent juice. It takes a lot of work to keep school food nutritional, but Hersey said it is the most important part of her job.

“Due to the cost of food and different options available, it is extremely hard,” she said. “It is not an easy job to come up with something nutritious they will like.”

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