The Cleveland Clinic kicked off a new healthy meal program called Eat Right at School with an event at Grindstone Elementary School in the Berea (OH) School District. Fourth graders at the school were treated to a taste testing of different fresh fruits and vegetables from a local farmer, and they also listened to a presentation from Clinic nutrition experts about the benefits of a healthy diet.
Berea is the pilot site for Eat Right at School, a program the Clinic is pitching to other school districts as well. It uses nutrition standards developed by the Clinic’s Wellness Institute and exceed the requirements of the USDA for school meals.
The pilot, which launched in August at Grindstone with the start of the current school year, currently covers only elementary school meals but the program will eventually be adapted to secondary schools as well.