Schools get money for more fruits and vegetables

By: Ashley Reynolds Email
By: Ashley Reynolds Email

Dozens of schools in the region are getting extra money to make sure kids get more fruits and vegetables at school.

The nearly two million dollar federal grant is designed to help kids make healthier choices.

Middlesboro Primary School alone will get more than 24 thousand dollars to go towards more fruits and vegetables ... that's about 55 bucks per student.

In a school with more than 80 percent of students on free or reduced lunch, educators say the program is needed for a healthy lifestyle.

Students in Harlan County are putting their best foot forward to fight childhood obesity at the annual Health Fitness Fair.
Kids are putting down the pen and paper and taking several physical exams.

"One of the things we hear from kids is, 'I didn't know I was out that out of shape.' It happens... so it's an event that sticks with them," said Mark Bell with ARH.

Kentucky is one of only four states receiving extra money for the obesity prevention project through the National Association of State Boards of Education or NASBE.

By tackling obesity along with providing more fruits and vegetables educators say it's a great plan to get kids healthy.

Schools will get the extra money for the next school year.

If you would like to see the list of schools getting the extra money, check out the Ashley's Extras blog.

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