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Springdale Students Learn Healthy Eating Habits

School District Gains FoodCorps, GardenCorps Programs

Posted: December 16, 2013 at 5 a.m.

STAFF PHOTOS ANTHONY REYES Carlos Garcia-Ramirez, 10, left, and Kevin Aguilar, 9, make their selection Friday from the salad bar during lunch at George Elementary School in Springdale. This year the school, along with service members from the Food and Garden Corps programs, have been teaching the students healthy eating habits. Many students have increased the number of fruits and vegetables they eat because of the program.

Students at George Elementary School in Springdale are eating more fruits and vegetables after learning about nutrition through the GardenCorps program, said Annette Freeman, principal.

By The Numbers

Obese Students

Percentage of obese students in four Northwest Arkansas school districts and three Springdale schools during the 2012-13 school year:

26.3 Bentonville School District

28.9 Fayetteville School District

42.5 Rogers School District

45.7 Springdale School District

41.8 Bayyari Elementary School

47.5 Harp Elementary School

54.9 George Elementary School

Source: www.achi.net

At A Glance

FoodCorps

Arkansas school districts with FoodCorps this school year:

Springdale School District

Fayetteville School District

Marshall School District

Source: Rachel Spencer, FoodCorps fellow

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