Northeast Elementary School Leading the Way

Big steps are being made at Northeast Lauderdale Elementary School to ensure children are easting healthy.

"MMMMM, it's good."

But, it's also healthy. And that's a good thing according to Christian Lavine.

"Because you can get strong muscles and run fast, and get healthy bones," exclaims Lavine.

Northeast Elementary School is only 1 of 10 schools in Mississippi to receive a Nutritional Integrity Grant through the Bower Foundation. With that grant, a new combitherm oven was bought that will drastically improve the nutritional value of the foods the children eat.

"If we can get all of our school systems on board in the state of Mississippi and be the model for the children. now we can model change for these children which will then impact our rate of obesity in the state of Mississippi," explains Robin Hull, the school nurse for Northeast Elementary School.

The argument has always been 'fried tastes better', but according to Kaye Mayatt, the Child Nutrition Coordinator, that's just not so with this new oven.

"Actually you really can't tell a whole lot of differences in it so your cutting the fat in you chicken and the outside is crispy," says Kaye Mayatt.

The combitherm oven is only one of several elements in which Northeast Elementary School has been working to improve all areas of health and nutrition for their students.

"We also have several other screening we offer our children through the year. We do vision screenings, hearing screenings, dental screenings," says Hull.

Although Northeast Elementary is the only school in Lauderdale County right now that has a combitherm oven, healthy foods are served in all the county schools.

"We want to make our children healthier. Their is not any friers in our district that are in operation. Even though they do not have a combitherm oven we still do not fry any products in our cafeterias," says Hull.

"I just like the way they cook the food."

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