Even Above the Arctic Circle Salad Bars are Improving Kids' Lives

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Students in Kiana School enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables every day in their salad bar, even though their small Inupiat village is 30 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Principal Scott Warren says the salad bar has been an overwhelming success; students now enjoy pears, apples, oranges, lettuce and other fresh fruits and vegetables daily. The salad bar was donated by Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools in January 2012 and recently the school produced a video to showcase their Kiana School salad bar in action!

To provide fresh fruits and vegetables to the 126 Pre K-12 students the school district’s food service management company flies produce from Anchorage to the coastal town of Kotzebue and then to Kiana by small aircraft. Even in the far north, kids know that fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet and taste good! In Alaska, the State Obesity Prevention and Control Program coordinates “Fruit and Vegetable Bars in Alaska Schools” to training school food service directors to successfully implement salad bars in their schools. “We want to show that Alaska schools are implementing salad bars with great success,” says Diane Peck, Alaska DHSS Obesity Prevention and Control Program.

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