St. Paul Offering Incentives For Kids Eating Fruits, Veggies

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — It can be hard to get kids to eat fruits and vegetables, but there are some new incentives on the menu at schools in St. Paul.

The district is teaming up with Health Partners to launch a new pilot program Tuesday.

According to Minnesota Public Radio, it will offer new incentives to students and a system for tracking how many fruits and vegetables they eat.

Schools that take part in the pilot program have a chance to win grants worth $300 to $500.

There is a kick-off event for the four-week program Tuesday morning at Wellstone Elementary School.

The U.S. Department of Health recommends older children take in at least four servings of vegetables each day, and three servings of fruit.

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  1. ksmahoney says:

    It’s great to see schools start to get behind an increase in fruits and vegetables. I know that school lunches are something that have been done the same way for so long that change is difficult, but it will absolutely pay off in the end!
    Sara from http://www.losingtogether.com

  2. Doug says:

    My kids are grown now but I kept the junk food out of the house, I did not buy it. Never had a problem, my wife and I packed the kids lunch with fruit and nuts, they ate the school lunch a couple times and did not like it. If you start them out with a good diet is not too hard to keep them on it. As adults now they still eat healthy.

  3. jeff jensen says:

    you are being ignorant of reality. This all starts at home with parenting. This will founder and go away. Mark my words

  4. Dr. Spock says:

    What’s so hard?

    You give them fruits and vegetables. If they don’t eat it, they go hungy.

  5. ipmutt says:

    Wow, is there no end to what big government will do to weasel their way into your life? Get back to running the state and teaching kids reading math science and english. Leave parenting to parents.

  6. Esther says:

    How much are they spending on this program? Don’t they have a high drop-out rate? Shouldn’t they focus a little more on reading and math and a little less on things that should be taught at home? (To be fair my kids get it all at home and have no problem, these kids get it all at school and have big problems, go figure)

  7. Esther says:

    How much are they spending on this program? Don’t they have a high drop-out rate? Shouldn’t they focus a little more on reading and math and a little less on things that should be taught at home? (To be fair my kids get it all at home and have no problem, these kids get it all at school and have big problems, go figure)

  8. dontwory22 says:

    once again THANK you wcco for very little info what are the Incentives for the kids

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