Student Input Fuels Participation: Crystal Area Schools

Healthy Food Choices in Schools September 29, 2017 Print Friendly and PDF

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At Crystal Area Middle and High schools in Carson City, Michigan food service director Michael Wensel really focuses on getting to know the students better each day and has implemented whole fruit smoothie taste testing. Wensel believes engaging the students is critical to help them make healthy choices on their own. Smoothie taste tests are a quick, easy, and fun for the students. Food service staff along with Michigan State University (MSU) Extension Educators encourage students to try all 3 flavors of smoothies. The staff then plans on using the taste testing to take the most popular smoothie flavor and introduce it in school lunches as another option for a healthy choice at lunch time.

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Nicholas Drzal, RD, MPH, Michigan Department of Education

For more information, contact Michael Wensel, Food Service Director, Crystal Area Schools, Carson City, Michigan


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.