Raising the Bar with Salad Bars in Michigan Schools
When offered healthy food choices, children respond by trying new items, incorporating greater variety into their diets, and increasing their daily intake of fruits and vegetables. Bringing in new dishes and fun ways to eat vegetables will allow students enjoy the freshness of the salad bar and continue to eat healthier. There are several different ways to encourage healthy habits including setting up particular lunch menus on special occasions. Having a Mexican fiesta with potato bowls on Cinco de Mayo or having a Thanksgiving feast with mashed potatoes with the salad bar; there are endless opportunities.
Michigan Potato Industry Commission and the Potatoes USA want to help with this task and get fresh vegetables into the school lunch room. A Texas A&M University school-lunch plate-waste study last year indicated
that fruit gets consumed by students more than vegetables except when potato products are served as the vegetable, and then “just about every student chooses the vegetable”.
We are currently working to place 150 salad bars in Michigan schools, providing school children with access to a whole variety of fresh and healthy food choices. If you would like to join us in achieving this goal, please download and utilize the information below to place a salad bar.