Harlandale ISD Will Not Be Participating in Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program for School Year 2020-2021.
Fruit and Vegetable Program
Make at least half of your plate Fruits and Vegetables
Our Nutrition Servies Department has implemented a fresh fruit and vegetable program to provide students with a wide variety of healthy fresh fruits and vegetables. The purpose of the program is to increase fresh fruit and vegetable consumption in elementary schools and it has proven successful in introducing students to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have had the opportunity to sample.
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will help to keep you healthy in so many ways. Try and choose more vegetables and fruits at home. Go for color and variety—dark green, yellow, orange, and red.
Goals of the FFVP:
- Create healthy eating habits that will impact children's overall health.
- Increase children's fruit and vegetable intake.
- Introduce children to fruits and vegetables that they normally would not be exposed to such as kiwi, blackberries, red bananas, snap peas, English cucumbers, grape tomatoes, etc.
- Provide nutrition education to expand children's knowledge of fruits and vegetables.
The following schools have been selected to participate in FFVP for the 2019-2020 school year:
- Carroll Bell
- Stonewall Flanders
The program is a great way to expose children to NEW fruits and vegetables. This allows them to see and taste fruits and vegetables they may have never seen or eaten before. As part of this program the schools listed above will be providing FREE fresh fruits and vegetables to students in unique ways.
School meals include fruits and vegetables with every serving and most people should aim for at least nine servings (at least 4½ cups) of vegetables and fruits a day, and potatoes don’t count. Go for a variety of types and colors of produce, to give your body the mix of nutrients it needs. Some of the best choices are dark leafy greens, cooked tomatoes, and anything that’s a rich yellow, orange, or red color.
Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat, sodium and calories, and none have cholesterol. Fruits and vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A, and vitamin C. The health benefits of a diet rich in vegetables and fruits is clear: they help to reduce risk for heart disease, they may help to protect against certain types of cancers, reduce the risk of obesity, and type 2 diabetes.