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Rockwood schools win national nutrition awards

A unique way to present fresh watermelon to students.  (Photo courtesy of the Rockwood Nutrition Department)

A unique way to present fresh watermelon to students.
(Photo courtesy of the Rockwood Nutrition Department)

The Center for Creative Learning (CCL) and Woerther Elementary have earned the Healthy Schools Program Bronze National Recognition Award for meeting best practice criteria established by the Healthy Schools Program Expert Panel and outlined in the Healthy Schools Program Framework.

“Our school wellness council helped in supporting many programs at Woerther,” said physical education teacher Carol Earley. “A few programs we held were the annual VIP/Turkey Trot, Project A.C.E.S., Girls on the Run, and Read, Right, and Run program.”

Director of Child Nutrition Services Carmen Fischer said Rockwood is moving toward a healthier lifestyle districtwide. She said she sees real change in both the amount of healthy foods kids are eating and the attitudes of parents and staff.

“In elementary schools, we have kids coming back up and buying baby carrots and raisins. It’s awesome!” she said.

“The cafeteria arranges the fruits, vegetables and other food items in a colorful and inviting way,” said Earley. “As the children and staff walk through the cafeteria line, the displays encourage healthier selections.”

CCL and Woerther will have the opportunity to receive their award in the Washington, D.C.

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