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Fruits and Vegetables Abound at Indian Wells Elementary
by Navajo-Hopi Observer

Over the last four years, Indian Wells Elementary School students have eaten approximately $70,000 worth of fruit and vegetables.

For the fifth year in a row, the United States Department of Agriculture selected Indian Wells Elementary to receive the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

The goals of the program are to create healthier environments by providing healthier food choices, to expand the children's exposure to a wider variety of fruits and vegetables, and to increase their fruit and vegetable consumption. These outcomes positively affect the childrens' present and future health.

Twice a week sixth graders deliver the day's fruit or vegetable selection to each classroom. The grant requires that students eat the fruits and vegetables in their raw state with nothing added. Indian Wells children have experienced a wide range of fruits and veggies and are always eager to find out what will be delivered during the week.

School administrators say the program has been a fun and educational experience not only for students but also for their families since staff sends nutrition information and recipes home regularly. This provides opportunities to continue healthy eating habits at home, and comments from a number of parents have indicated positive changes in eating habits for the entire family.

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