Students at Lourdes enjoy 'Apple Crunch'
COAL TOWNSHIP - Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School celebrated one of nature's fast foods - apples - by hosting an "Apple Crunch" for students.
Celebrated annually during National Apple Month, Apple Crunch teaches youth important facts about healthy snacking and getting five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. It is a program of the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.
Studies show that fruit and vegetable consumption are an important part of a nutritious diet because they are low in calories, high in fiber, and make you feel full. Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables also provides valuable vitamins, minerals and fiber children need for good health.
"Children spend eight hours a day in school, and they also eat one or two meals here," Barbara Reiprish, family and consumer science teacher and food service manager, said. "We have the opportunity to impact a child's attitudes, behaviors and habits when it comes to making healthy eating decisions. By making fruits and vegetables fun for our students, we hope the message is also extended home to families."
Lourdes hosted an "all together" schoolwide Apple Crunch by offering apples as snacks to students. Lourdes students were treated to a 9:45 a.m. snack break, where everyone in the school "crunched" into a delicious apple.
The apples for this special day were donated by Boyer's Supermarket, Masser's Produce and Weis Markets. Students in family and consumer sciences classes helped with the preparations for the event.