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New Salad Bars a Hit at Neosho High School Helping Meet Nutrition Guidelines

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 Two partial wellness grants are adding up to healthy foods for Neosho high school students. The district added salad bars to its food serving lines. 

It's helping cafeteria staff meet federal nutrition  guidelines and  students and staff are embracing it.

"I love it!” exclaims teacher Alisha Morris, “Oh, my gosh so many options you can make your own. It's really ,really good." 

She  creates her own side salad while senior Logan Mcilvaine prepares to load up his chef salad to make it a meal.

He calls the salad bar a great addition and vital to students, "Having that  salad is improving my energy and my focus for my education after lunch.

 You're not needing a lot of carbs and stuff  so that's really  helping   you change your lifestyle around for the future."

Dalton Doubleday says it gives him more energy too and more food.

He says,"It's something new,  more flavor,  more filling, trays are actually more full."

Tonja Kalmbach the  food service manager says, " It's  been  very positive and some things they're taking more of than they used to.  Maybe because they can pick  it now. Like the broccoli.  They're taking more of that than they ever was. That's been really positive."

Because it's about choices, students and food coordinators say there's a lot less going into the trash cans.

Kalmbach says, "Before we were giving the kids, making the kids, take vegetables.  This way,   they can pick and choose what they want. They don't have to take it and that makes for less waste."

 A fruit or vegetable is required for reimbursable meals but some are even taking both. Wasting less and eating more of the right stuff.

Mcilvaine says, "I think so, since they get the freedom to choose what they want,  they're going to eat more cause it is what they want to eat ." 

Cafeteria crews weigh and monitor what fresh vegetables and fruits are eaten most and prepare amounts accordingly. They'll be taking salad bars to the middle school in the fall.

That will be paid for with another grant.

The salad bar has been in the school just two weeks and staff are still monitoring which vegetables get eaten most and least. Currently peas and garbanzo beans are the least favorites.

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