Provo School District has already earned a national award for its use of fresh produce in its school menus, but the Child Nutrition department knows that encouraging kids to try these healthy foods is just as important as serving them.
Last year, to get students excited about healthy meals, Provo’s Child Nutrition staff launched “Wild, Wild West Days.” All 19 of the district’s cafeterias celebrated the new theme throughout the year with fun decorations, “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” country line dances and a special menu of barbeque chicken, cooked from scratch, baked beans, corn on the cob and spring mix salad. Students are already looking forward to the new “sports” theme coming this fall.
Provo Schools also introduce new fruits and vegetables through their Harvest of the Month program, featuring as many locally grown foods as possible. Parents can keep up to date on what’s happening in their students’ lunchrooms by visiting the district’s school nutrition and fitness website, which features a weekly photo slide show and nutrition games and facts.
Provo School District’s Child Nutrition Program has also won Utah’s “Best of State” Award in 2010 and 2011.