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Jr. high teacher motivating students to eat healthy

By Mary Richards  |  Posted Jun 9th, 2010 @ 5:10am


SALT LAKE CITY -- Rewarding students for eating healthy food seems to be working at one junior high school.

There is always healthy food at school lunch, it's just a question of getting the kids to choose it. That's where raffle points come in.

Granite Park Junior High prevention specialist Joaquin Fenollar not only rewards the students, he talks to them about healthy choices.

"Obesity is growing, and it will keep growing. It's not gonna stop unless we change policies," he says.

Fenollar says a higher percentage of students now pick the healthy choices; and in just a few months, the school has doubled the number of servings of fruits and vegetables offered to students.

"Before, I wouldn't wanna do anything, and I was always tired," says student Madison Pau. "Now I'm always having energy. So, actually it's helped me a whole lot."

Fenollar hopes other schools will pick up similar programs to promote healthy eating habits.


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