Nutrition official promotes healthy choices to students

BY Jesse Olivarez Published: October 16, 2008
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Eating right, exercising and making good decisions are keys to having a long, happy life.

That was the message brought to students at Oklahoma City’s Martin Luther King Elementary School on Wednesday by Nancy Johner, undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Service for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Johner came to Oklahoma City to celebrate National School Lunch Week. She said she chose to come to Oklahoma because of the efforts made by state and local school officials to promote the importance of eating well, exercising and living right.

She conveyed that message to students.

"Whatever you do, nutrition is the key component to life,” she said.

During her two-hour visit to the school, Johner met with state schools Superintendent Sandy Garrett and officials from the Oklahoma City School District to discuss statewide efforts to decrease student obesity rates.

Since 2004, school officials statewide have strived to decrease the amount of high-sugar drinks and snacks available in school vending machines, while increasing the amount of time children spend in physical activity. Several schools also are working with local farmers to provide fresh fruit and vegetables for kids to eat during breakfast and lunch.