Natural Bridge Healthy Food Programs

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

What is the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program?

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is a federally assisted program providing free fresh fruit and vegetable snacks to students in participating elementary schools during the school day.The goal of the FFVP is to improve children’s overall diet and create healthier eating habits to impact their present and future health. The FFVP will help schools create healthier school environments by:

  • Providing healthier food choices
  • Expanding the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience
  • Increasing children’s fruit and vegetable consumption

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program provides all children and staff in participating schools with a mid morning or mid afternoon snack of a fresh fruit or vegetable. It is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options. 

What are the Benefits of a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack?

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables are a healthy alternate snack for high calorie snacks of low nutritional value
  • Different fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, minerals, fiber and other compounds
  • Diets rich in a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables and other healthy food choices may reduce the risk of chronic diseases

What do Fruits and Vegetables provide?

A few of the health benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables are the following:

  • Vitamin C helps heal cuts and wounds and keep teeth and gums healthy
  • Fiber decreases risk of coronary heart disease and helps bowel function
  • Potassium helps maintain a healthy blood pressure
  • Vitamin A keeps eyes and skin healthy and helps to protect against infections

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Healthy Schools Program

Natural Bridge Elementary particpates in the
Alliance for a Healthier Generation's program.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program is an evidence-based initiative that will help you to create and sustain healthy environments where your students can learn better and flourish. Our work to help schools improve physical education, health education, and nutrition has impacted more than 15 million students nationwide.

Healthy kids have higher attendance rates, higher test scores and behave better in class. More than 26,000 schools nationwide are using our Healthy Schools Program to make this the norm at school.

We’ve taken the latest research on childhood health and combined it with the most effective school policies to maximize impact. We divided our approach into wellness modules to create a workable framework that sets specific actions to help make your unique school healthier

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