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Battling the bulge in local schools

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By Cindy DiFazio

Staff writer/photographer

Children at Henry County Public Schools and Eminence Independent Schools are exposed to all the right stuff when it comes to nutrition and physical education.

Eminence Superintendent Don Aldridge said staff and students are making both a real priority as a part of the system’s wellness imperative. 

Nutritious food is the first line of defense.

Eminence Schools Food Services Director Becky Barnett said in the past few years school breakfasts and lunches have steadily improved in nutrition. She said the school follows strict guidelines and voluntarily got rid of the fryer that produced greasy french fries every day for so long.

Barnett said she believes learning how to eat healthy snacks is a big step. “Now we do low-fat cheese stuffed breadsticks with marinara,” she said. “Kids love to dip.”

HCPS school nurse Melissa Jeffries said all the schools in that district are emphasizing healthy snacks for school parties and treats.

 

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