Douglas County School District's (DCSD) Nutrition Services department is working to provide healthier alternatives for District students in a variety of ways. The new push for healthier fare in the cafeteria is one of eight healthy components that comprise the District’s student wellness initiative.
“It is our goal to help students learn how to make healthy choices for themselves,” said Jeanie Boymel, wellness initiative grant coordinator for DCSD. “Over the next several months, our community can expect to see some broad changes in our overall focus on health across the District.”
What’s going on at DCSD? DCSD’s Nutrition Services has partnered with local executive chefs to develop new, healthier menu items. The department has partnered with the Colorado Chef’s Association to work with District kitchen personnel to develop new recipes for students.
Nutrition Services has also partnered with local food companies such as Leprino Foods, Sinton Dairy of Colorado and various Colorado farmers and ranchers to bring healthy, nutritious options to DCSD students. Events such as Colorado Proud School Meal Day and Fuel up to Play 60 are part of these new relationships.
In addition to Nutrition Services, the eight components of school health include: Health Education, Physical Education, Health Services, Mental Health, Healthy School Environment, Staff Wellness, and Community Integration. The wellness initiative is part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant awarded to the District earlier this year.