APS battles obesity in the schools: AJC

There’s a great story in the AJC today by Gracie Bonds Staples about how local school systems (including APS) are fighting obesity with innovative strategies. The story includes one of our favorite community partners, rock-star chef Linton Hopkins (Restaurant Eugene, Holeman & Finch Public House), and his work at E. Rivers Elementary.

But there’s also great work being done all over APS, which Staples captures nicely in this passage …

Officials at many schools have discovered that students will choose healthful food when given a choice and will take nutrition to heart if they are taught about the positive impacts on their bodies.
“Two years ago, I was making more pizzas,” said Katrina Church, cafeteria manager at Usher Elementary School in Atlanta. “Now I’m making more salads and turkey sandwiches.”
Although chicken nuggets seemed to be the top choice at Usher on a recent Monday, a good number of kindergartners seemed to enjoy salads and turkey on wheat. A few even munched on raw broccoli.
The key, Church said, is making food appear more appealing.
Zakiria Render, 6, was among those who chose salad.
“My mom always gives it to me at dinner,” she said.

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