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Salad Bars to Schools

Two young girls choosing food in cafeteriaSalad Bars to Schools is a unique public-private partnership to mobilize and engage stakeholders at the local, state and national level to promote and sponsor salad bars in schools. School children eat more fruits and vegetables when they have a variety of choices, such as those provided in a self-serve salad bar. Helping children develop good eating habits early in life helps maximize academic performance during the school years and promotes wellness throughout their lives. By supporting Salad Bars to Schools’ mission to increase the prevalence of salad bars in schools across the country, CDC aims to ensure every child has the choice of healthy fruits and vegetables each day at school.

Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools is an initiative of the Chef Ann Foundation, National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, United Fresh Produce Association and Whole Kids Foundation to support First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Initiative. As of December 2014, the Let’s Move Salad Bar to School program has delivered nearly 4,000 salad bars to school across the nation. For more information, visit the Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools web site.

Salad Bars to Schools Success Stories

Through Salad Bars to Schools, schools across the nation are making strides toward becoming healthier. Below are just a few of the many schools that have added salad bars.

  • Salad Bars in Los Angeles Schools: How Can You Follow Their Lead? With the help of Salad Bars to Schools, the Los Angeles Unified School District salad bar program shows what can happen when students and parents take initiative to support healthy eating in school cafeterias.
  • All Cincinnati Public Schools Have Salad Bars Take a look at what Cincinnati public schools accomplished! Students now have access to a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every day at their school’s salad bar. Read more
  • Kiana School in Alaska Gets a Salad Bar For Alaskans who live in this remote northern village, eating healthy presents some unique challenges. The cold weather and lack of sunlight limit the fruits and vegetables grown here, and not much produce makes its way up to this area. Through Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, the Kiana’s salad bar program has been an overwhelming success.

Check out Salad Bars to School: The Mix for interviews with salad bar leaders and tips on salad bar operations.

Resources

Get a Salad Bar Tailored resources for school districts and parents.

Learn How Your School Can Add a Salad Bar Today! [PDF - 1.2MB] Read more about the benefits of school salad bars and how your school can develop a successful salad bar program in this pamphlet from the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN).

ASPHN Salad Bars to Schools Resources The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) site contains additional resources and tools for fruit and vegetable coordinators and public health nutritionists on how to support the nationwide Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools Initiative.

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