Students Celebrate Good Nutrition in October
October is National Farm to School month, and National School Lunch Week is right around the corner!
Farm to School encompasses nutrition education, local food systems and student involvement in growing school gardens.
Des Moines Public Schools participates in Farm to School activities by serving local food on lunch menus, participating in nutrition education programs such as “Pick a better snack,” not to mention the district has more than 20 school gardens.
“School gardens are a great way for students to see where food comes from, engage students in science, nutrition and art with hands on learning, and provide opportunities for students and families to enjoy the freshest produce,” said Nutrition Education Specialist Lyn Jenkins.
Look for Farm to School Month activities at your school throughout October.
Also, October 12-16 is National School Lunch Week. The district will emphasize the healthy foods that are offered daily at Des Moines Public Schools. Activities include a traveling photo booth that documents students enjoying the best of school lunch, stickers and cafeteria decorations.
At Des Moines Public Schools, there are many nutritious options for students. Each day students have the options of different fruits and vegetables and entrée options. Student meals have a focus on whole grain products, dairy and proteins low in fat. DMPS promotes variety and choices to what fruits, vegetables or entrée students would enjoy eating.