Mt. Pleasant Area offers students healthy lunch choices
Mt. Pleasant Area School District is in its second year of introducing students to healthier menu items, as well as “Wellness Wednesdays” at the elementary level.
District food services director Joe Beaman rotates each week to the district's elementary schools with a healthy food item for students to sample.
Some of the samples have included brown rice with vegetables, spinach pasta salad, lima beans and mushroom salad, chick pea and tomato salad and sweet and sour, two-bean salad.
Beaman said the program has been very successful.
Students that try the featured item receive a sticker which proclaims “I tried something new.”
Students are trying new and unique food items and liking them.
He said it has also been an opportunity for students to try something new, and realize they may not have liked it, but still having the pride of the experience.
Beaman added elementary school aged students seem more eager to try different foods.
His goal is to sharpen the focus on the importance of the food groups and how they are incorporated to overall wellness.
When he finds wellness Wednesday samples that students really enjoy, he adds them to the menu.
“I think ‘Wellness Wednesday' is an awesome idea. It encourages kids to choose their foods wisely,” said Paige Gonzalez, a sixth-grade student at Donegal Elementary School.
Ramsay Elementary School sixth-grader Cammi Neiderhiser also likes Wellness Wednesday sample and thinks it is a great idea because it is an interesting way to try new and healthy foods.
Shawn Thompson of Norvelt said his children, Chase, 9, and Sybil, 6, began taking packed lunches after the menu changes midway through last school year. However, he said they try the Wellness Wednesday samples, but generally are not fond of them.
Beaman said a different program, titled “Taking Nutrition Global” is offered at the district's junior high and senior high school level.
That program features food from a different country each month.
Then students have an opportunity to sample a chosen recipe from the that region.
Students can also receive interesting facts about that country upon request.
“Our team is already working on changes for next year. We would like to have more nutritional and educational information available,” Beaman said.
Kelly Vernon is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-547-5722 or email@example.com
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- County land bank shops out Mt. Pleasant building
- New official oversees Mt. Pleasant’s WeDAC branch office
- Recycling project makes its mark at Mt. Pleasant school
- Mt. Pleasant Area School Board puts limit on taxes for 2016-17
- ‘Christmas in the Mountains’ to be held Dec. 4-6 in Mt. Pleasant area
- Westmoreland County, Mt. Pleasant Borough officials try to solve Willow parking issue
- Black Friday could be a wet one in Connellsville, Mt. Pleasant areas