Third grade students in Beaver Dam elementary schools are learning about the importance of eating healthy foods.
Representatives from Taher Professional Food Service Management are visiting the grades to show students why eating healthy is important. Taher has been providing healthy meals for the district since the fall of 2012.
“This is our third presentation,” food service director Kevin Dresdow said. “We are aiming to complete all the third grade classrooms in the district by the middle of March.”
Taher chef Irene Pawlisch said they are teaching students why the healthy options they see in the cafeteria are important.
“We are educating them why we put those foods there,” Pawlisch said.
Pawlisch talked to the students at Wilson Elementary on Thursday afternoon about the importance of eating fruit and vegetables every day.
The basic colors of the fruits and vegetables are red, orange and yellow, green, blue and purple, white and brown.
For example, red fruits and vegetables, such as, beets and cranberries, reduce the risk of several types of cancer and are powerful antioxidants.
Pawlisch shared why each of these food groups should be eaten every day.
“In the cafeteria, there is a rule that we serve all of these through the week,” Pawlisch said.
Each day three or four of the color options are offered to students in Beaver Dam schools.