Eureka City Schools serving local foods, creating healthier options
EUREKA- Governor Brown recently signed a bill to bring California into compliance with the Hunger Kids Act that was passed in 2010, but one North Coast school district already has a head start.
Three years ago the war on childhood obesity received a helping hand. New federal nutrition standards were set at school's across the country, but the next challenge they faced, was to sure that it was all carried out.
"It was a good direction for our district to go, it was going to happen no matter what, so why wait,” said Food Services Director for Eureka City Schools Laura Chase.
She said as soon as soon as the new guidelines were set, they immediately hopped on board,
"We were ready for all of the new regulations,” said Chase, “We offer more than most districts, we have fresh fruit available everyday for breakfast, we have fresh fruit available everyday for lunch."
The school district also buys some of their products locally, as long as it is affordable.
" We would like to use the local produce as much as it is affordable and available, and so far it has been."
Chase said they are doing everything they can to make sure all meals are healthy, and in some cases even healthier than what the standard is,
"We are well below our sodium guidelines, we run well below 1000mg of sodium per day, and the guideline is below 1420mg for the high school."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention obesity affects 17 percent of all children in the United States, and the school district is aiming for a healthier future, one step at a time,
"If we can encourage them and teach them to eat healthy foods, then hopefully that is going to carry on with them throughout their life,” said Chase.