U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently visited Fremont Elementary School, where she praised the school as a model for healthy eating, and she helped students to dedicate a new salad bar.
The visit promoted First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative to fight childhood obesity.
Fremont students chanted “Salad! Salad! Salad!” before cutting the ribbon to dedicate their new salad bar, courtesy of Long Beach Unified School District Nutrition Services and supportive parents.
In addition to the salad bar, the school has an organic garden and a program called Days of Taste that helps students learn to scrutinize food labels and make healthier choices. As part of the program, initiated by parent and local chef Paul Buchanan, children learn about the history of food and they visit the local farmer’s market and a community garden where they gather vegetables to make their own salads.
Secretary Sebelius praised the school for its efforts to teach healthy habits.
“What you’re doing is really important,” Sebelius said. “About half the calories a child eats are consumed at school. Keep up the great work.”