Coppell incorporates salad bars into cafeterias next year

By Jordan Thompson
Staff Writer

The United Fresh Produce Association Foundation, a founding partner supporting the national Let’s Move! initiative to end childhood obesity has granted CISD with four salad bars which will be piloted in four elementary school cafeterias starting in the fall. If they are successful, then more will be purchased for the remaining elementary campuses. Coppell, along with Frisco, Hurst Euless Bedford, Lancaster and Richardson Independent School Districts are some of the first schools to take on this healthy challenge. Over the last several years, United Fresh has been a driving force behind the nationwide adoption of school fruit and vegetable salad bars as a proven strategy for significantly increasing children’s produce consumption.
“Research and school experience shows that students eat more fresh produce when they have a salad bar that provides a variety of colorful choices of fruits and vegetables every school day,” said Dr. Lorelei DiSogra, United Fresh vice president of nutrition & health. While most of my friends eat pretty healthy already, I do believe that this step will help upcoming generations develop a better understanding of a healthy lifestyle.