When it comes to building strong, successful kids, we believe that the cafeteria is just as important as the classroom! It just so happens that our friends at Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools tend to agree. Because of this shared belief, we’re increasing children’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables and shaping eating behaviors for a lifetime. Here are just a few reasons why:
Obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled since 1980.
Approximately 17% (12.5 million) of children and adolescents ages 2-19 are obese
Obese children and adolescents have a greater risk of social and psychological problems, such as discrimination and poor self-esteem.
Obese children are more likely to become obese adults. Adult obesity is associated with a number of serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.
One out of every three Caucasian children and one out of every two Hispanic and African American children born in the year 2000 will contract diabetes in their lifetime.
With statistics like these, we’re doing everything we can to make a difference in schools across America. Through our Tour de Fresh efforts, we’ve raised over $140,000 and placed over 40 salad bars in schools. But we aren’t stopping there. This year, we have a goal to privately finance 100+ salad bars and we are well on our way to reach it. Plus, during this back-to-school season, we’ll be donating a salad bar to the school that receives the most votes between August 19 – September 20. Yep, you read that right! You could win a salad bar for YOUR school just by voting! The winning school will also receive a shipment of farm-fresh California Giant berries to celebrate!
Make a difference in a school near you and vote now!