North Mianus’ annual Fruit and Veggie Challenge

NMS students tasted a rainbow of colors during their annual PTA-led Fruit & Veggie Challenge. Kids enjoyed fruits and veggies in the cafeteria each day of the week and logged their fruit and vegetable intake during all meals and snacks at home. These first graders thought their honeydew melon and cucumbers were a green-tastic treat. —Ellen Reid

NMS students tasted a rainbow of colors during their annual PTA-led Fruit & Veggie Challenge. Kids enjoyed fruits and veggies in the cafeteria each day of the week and logged their fruit and vegetable intake during all meals and snacks at home. These first graders thought their honeydew melon and cucumbers were a green-tastic treat. — Ellen Reid

Getting kids to eat fruits and vegetables can certainly be tough but North Mianus School is trying to make eating healthy fun for kids through its week-long event, Follow the Rainbow to 5-A-Day.

The event was part of the school’s annual Fruit and Veggie Challenge in February. Each day of the week during lunch time, children had the opportunity to sample small pieces of various fruits and vegetables and to learn about their properties and benefits.

The main goal was to make the kids aware of the importance of a colorful and healthy plate. Children tasted a different color of fruit and vegetable daily and logged their intake at home. A special prize was awarded to the class with the highest participation.

The event was possible with the help of Pam Plummer, vice president of Health & Safety of the North Mianus School PTA. Event sponsor Stop & Shop and local markets Fairway and A&P Fresh helped make it possible to serve fresh cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, blueberries, watermelon, mangoes and more during lunch in the cafeteria.

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