More Fruits and Veggies in Kids' Diets

By: Jillian Risberg Email
By: Jillian Risberg Email

Reading, writing, arithmetic and the colors of the rainbow.

According to a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health, new U.S. guidelines on school lunches show low-income students are eating more fruits and vegetables.

Dr. Dick Wittberg, executive director of the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department says West Virginia as a whole ranks pretty poor when it comes to consumption of produce, but we are making some progress in the schools.

"Locally at least we've had a few initiatives in the recent past that have given children more access to fresh fruits and vegetables," he says. "We were able to get money in so that some of the schools could take part in the U.S.D.A.'s fresh fruit and vegetable program."

Wittberg says farm to school programs are happening all across the state and Wood County kids are getting excited about it.

And some people from the health department are getting into low-income neighborhoods and trying to get SNAP dollars used more on fruits and veggies, with things like the "Cool Fuel" Cookbook for motivation.


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