Program helps educate kids about eating healthy

Healthy Eating Decisions teaches students how to identify healthful food combinations.

A locally grown program focused on healthy eating habits in school lunchrooms is gaining statewide momentum.

Healthy Eating Decisions, a program developed by Wofford psychology professor David Pittman, is now available to elementary schools throughout South Carolina. The program helps schools easily identify the healthiest combination of foods available on each day's lunch menu and provides a means for students to receive public recognition for choosing the healthiest food items by ringing a bell.

The initiative has been offered in some Spartanburg County schools since 2009. So far, three local districts have opted to implement it in 17 school cafeterias.