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Millville school receives award for healthy lunch program

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After three years of revamping the lunch menu, one local school is being recognized for its hard work at getting students to eat healthier.

Salads, fruits, and whole wheat bread are just some of the healthier options that the Millville Memorial High School lunch now consists of after the staff revamped the menu.

Three years ago the school decided to get on board with the "Alliance for a Healthier Generation," a program funded by the American Heart Association, the Clinton Foundation, and Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign.

"Now everything we have is reduced fat or fat free. When it comes to sides and our menu has nothing fried, whole wheat, and whole grain products," said Millville teacher, Stacey Trimble.

While some people may not think that chicken patties and tacos are a healthy meal option, it's really all about the portion control. Each student is required to take both a fruit and vegetable. It's these that make the meal balanced.

Last year the school received the "bronze level" award for its lunch menu changes. This year they became one of two New Jersey schools to reach "silver level". To do this, they also had to introduce more before and after school activities for both students and teachers.

"We started a running club, we started zumba on Tuesday, we do salads on Tuesday for the staff."

But the ultimate goal is getting the students to stay healthy at home and in the future.

According to school officials, 78% of the students who attend Millville Memorial High School take part in the reduced lunch program, and may not have the funds to eat healthy when they are not at school.

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