March: National Nutrition Month
March 2017 is National Nutrition Month and focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
The importance of school meals:
Currently, one in six adolescents are obese, while one in five face hunger on a daily basis. For many students participating in the school breakfast and lunch programs, these meals provide up to 50% of their daily nutrient needs. The School Nutrition Association of CT or SNACT, believes well-nourished minds and bodies for Connecticut children ensures lifelong health and success.
And school meals have come a long way. Today, kids are offered healthy, tasty and appealing choices. Many Connecticut schools offer farm to school, ethic inspired meals, locally sourced produce and engage students in taste tests.