During the 40th Anniversary of National Nutrition Month, The Association for Dressings & Sauces (ADS) is supporting Gwinnett County Public Schools’ (GCPS) School Nutrition Program (SNP) efforts to enhance the healthy meal options available to students. ADS donated a salad bar to Craig Elementary School in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and hosted a grand opening celebration on Tuesday, March 5 at the school.
Craig Elementary is the twelfth school in Gwinnett to receive a salad bar. Part of the Brookwood cluster, Craig Elementary services more than 1,000 students in grades kindergarten through five. Craig’s students participate in physical education courses three times per week. Additionally, students have daily recess where they are required to run around the school’s outdoor track twice and then they are able to have leisure recreation.
“Craig Elementary students are taught about healthy lifestyle choices, including exercise and nutrition, in addition to their regular curriculum,” said Angie Wright, Craig Elementary principal. “The students are truly excited to have a salad bar and are gaining exposure to vegetables they may not have previously sampled. We are grateful to ADS for making this salad bar possible.”
“ADS strongly supports increased consumption of fruits and vegetables,” said Jeannie Milewski, ADS Executive Director. “The donation of this salad bar allows ADS to support the National Nutrition Month and Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiatives and continue educating the public about healthy living, including the healthfulness of salad dressings and condiments. ADS appreciates the opportunity to give back to the local community and positively impact the lives of future generations.”
National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education campaign, held every March that focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is a national effort to increase the amount and variety of fruits and vegetables available to children every day at school. This program is an initiative of the Food Family Farming Foundation, National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, United Fresh Produce Association and Whole Foods Market.
The goal of Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is to fund and award 6,000 salad bars by the end of 2013. To date, the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools program has awarded salad bars to more than 2,286 schools serving 143,000 children across the U.S. In the 2011-2012 school year, Gwinnett’s SNP served 463,756 chef salads and 2,086,078 side salads. With the salad bar provided by ADS, students will have a lot of variety and choices available helping them to more easily make healthy selections.
The Association for Dressings & Sauces (ADS) is the international trade association representing manufacturers of salad dressings, mayonnaise and condiment sauces and the suppliers to the industry. For more information about The Association for Dressings & Sauces visit www.dressings-sauces.org.