Here’s food for thought . . . “Kids, eat your veggies.”
How many times did each of us hear that admonishment as a child? In my house, it was often met with groans and grumbles.
Yet it worked. By making fruits and vegetables attractive and accessible, my parents engrained in me a love for healthy foods.
This should take place in every child’s house, as well as every “school house” – and through our “Salad Bars for Schools” campaign with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, the Health Trust and title sponsor Lam Research, our Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation is doing just that.
Our ambitious 3-year goal is to place salad bars in 100 Silicon Valley K-8 schools. The research is clear and compelling: If kids have healthy choices, they actually eat them. Imagine that.
In year one of our 3-year goal, we are able to fund salad bars in 35 local schools through our inaugural Lam Research “Heart & Soles 5K” run. On February 8, on a soggy Saturday morning at San Jose’s Hellyer Park, nearly 900 hearty soles registered for our run. Along with the generous support of 20 Silicon Valley Leadership Group companies, thousands of school kids will eat better every school day.
Fruits and veggies. Salad bars in schools. Now that’s an effort that’s easy to swallow.