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Bloomington schools get nutrition help

Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:35:48 CDT
By: AP

The Illinois State Board of Education has added 52 schools, including three in Bloomington, to a program designed to make sure students eat fresh fruit and vegetables. The board says 267 public and private schools around the state will be part of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program this fall. District 87 schools include Irving, Sheridan, and Bent elementary. The program has $4.9 million in federal grant money to spend for the 2012-13 school year. That's up from $4.7 million last year. The program's goal is to teach students good eating habits. Students get fresh fruits and vegetables at least twice a week. The program also includes nutrition education.   More than 400 schools in Illinois applied to be part of the program for the upcoming school year.

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