N.M. school tries healthy eating initiatives to combat obesity

South Valley Preparatory School in Albuquerque, N.M., has launched a range of healthy eating initiatives to combat obesity, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

The initiatives are in response to a State of Obesity report that stated that nearly a quarter of 10- to 17-year-olds in New Mexico were overweight or obese in 2016. The school banned junk food on campus during school hours for both students and staff, and offers healthy seasonal meals in its cafeteria. Students also take weekly trips to local farms to get an inside look at where their food comes from.

While the school could have the cost of its meals completely reimbursed by the government, it opted to earmark around $10,000 of its own budget for the meal program, which is also partially paid for through grants.

The school offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, and serves dishes such as beans and rice, taco salad, enchiladas, quinoa, and beef and potato burritos.

Read the full story via abqjournal.com.

 

 

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