Fueling students with proper nutrition is one way the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) is empowering every child to achieve through equitable access to healthy foods. This school year HCPSS will better serve our youngest learners by expanding our Let’s Rethink Lunch Healthy Meals Program and offering fresh salad bar options at every elementary school.
Let’s Rethink Lunch gives students access to a wider range of high quality, healthy and delicious options for school meals. Last year, Bollman Bridge, Laurel Woods and Talbott Springs elementary schools had great success as pilot schools.
Studies show that healthy eating boosts students’ focus and cognitive function. We can increase school connectedness by reinforcing the high value we place on our students’ health and well-being. We also believe nutritious school meals will encourage students to develop healthy habits that last a lifetime.
Let’s Rethink Lunch demonstrates our Office of Food and Nutrition Services’ commitment to providing well-balanced, nutritional meals for all students. Recent recognitions include HCPSS’ “A+” on the 2016 School Food Environment Grades report from Healthy School Food Maryland, and HCPSS schools’ HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms awards from the United States Department of Agriculture.
I’m thankful for the Horizon Foundation’s partnership in launching the Let’s Rethink Lunch pilot, and for our county and community leaders’ support of the program’s expansion this year.
I invite you to watch this video to see the positive impact of this innovative program, which links together nutrition, education, physical activity and living a healthy lifestyle.