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Tift County Celebrates Healthy School Lunches and Lifestyles

To recognize the National School Lunch Program and the eight thousand children it serves every day, Tift County schools recognized National School Lunch Week from October 13-17, 2014. The theme, “Get in the Game with School Lunch” featured events and activities that promoted the importance of balancing healthy eating with physical activity and exercise.

National School Lunch Week emphasizes the healthy foods that are offered daily at all Tift County schools. Various schools also participated in national Take Your Parents to Lunch Day, October 15, 2014.

“School lunches are healthier than ever, with more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, and less fat and sodium” said Vanessa Hayes, School Nutrition Director. “National School Lunch Week was the perfect time to celebrate all of the healthy options we’re serving every day in our Tift County schools”. Students have weekly choices from Georgia grown items and some even grown local to Tift County and surrounding areas.

The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students everyday. The program, which has been serving the nation's children for over 60 years, requires school meals to meet federal nutrition standards like offering fruits and vegetables every day, serving whole-grain rich foods, and limiting fat, calories, and sodium.

The “Get in the Game with School Lunch” campaign is sponsored by the non-profit School Nutrition Association and Chobani Greek Yogurt. For more information about schools meals, visit http://www.tiftschools.com .