News 12 This Morning/Thursday Oct. 10, 2013
(WRDW)--It's National School Lunch Week starting Monday and students at Meadowbrook Elementary can't wait.
"We're getting all the kids excited for healthy meals," said Tamecka Crawford.
Crawford, nutrition manager at Meadowbrook, says they're getting students excited by having every class participate.
T"It's all about the kids so I'm excited about getting the kids involved," she said. "Each class is going to participate and they're going to create two dishes for National School Lunch Week."
Average daily participation in healthy lunch eating at school decreased four percent in students between the 2011 and 2012 school years, according to the School Nutrition Association.
But after 11 years in nutrition management, Crawford says she, other staff and teachers there try to make giving students healthy choices a priority every single day.
"Each child has to have everything on their plate. We encourage them to always have a fruit and vegetable on their plate at all times," she explained."We implemented the orange and red vegetables so we're encouraging them to make their tray night and colorful so that they can enjoy eating their food."
Healthy habits that Crawford says she feels are important for students to learn as early as they can.
"If we learn early then we make better decisions as we get older and getting all the kids involved and all the classes involved then this will get the kids excited about coming to eat our lunch," said Crawford.
The theme at Meadowbrook for National School Lunch Week is "Across the USA." Students are assigned a state and will create two dishes using the state's staple food.
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