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Put Away Five a Day

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Students at 57 Douglas County School District (DCSD) elementary schools have the opportunity to participate and compete in The Second Annual Put-Away-5-A-Day Fruits & Veggies Challenge October 29 through December 12, 2013.

“The Fruits & Veggies Challenge is all about our mission to support the DCSD community with resources which promote optimum wellness and learning,” said DCSD Nutrition Services Director Brent Craig.

During the district-wide challenge elementary students (at schools participating in the school lunch program) and their families are encouraged to eat five produce servings each day.  As enticement, Nutrition Services is hosting two individual student contests and as well as a district-wide all-school contest. 

The elementary site in which students consume the most produce (per capita) will be awarded an all-expenses paid (FREE!) gourmet luncheon catered by Chef Morse and his team for the ENTIRE school (students, staff, faculty and 10 key volunteers).

“The beauty of the three contests students learning the value of eating 5 servings of produce each day.  The challenge is a fun, friendly way to make the point,” said Craig.

“The first contest asks students to take the Put-Away-5-A-Day Pledge on a fun Coloring Sheet. Those who do and return it to their kitchen manager, will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 School Lunch Certificate.”

The student who wants to step things up a notch, can also play the Put-Away-5-4-LIFE game.

“The goal behind the ‘5-4- Life’ game is to make stepped-up produce consumption habit forming.  Students are asked to chart daily personal produce intake,” said Craig. 

The reward for eating five produce items over the course of the challenge is entry into a drawing with Grand Prize including a $50 Lunch Certificate plus a Popcorn&Movies-for-4 Pak (Total Value: $112). The Runner-Up earns a $25 Lunch Certificate plus Popcorn&Movies-4-2 Pak (Total Value: $56).

Students/Parents can download the Put-Away-5-A-Day Pledge and 5-4-LIFE Game contest forms at or request forms from their Kitchen Managers.

“The ‘5-4-LIFE’ game as well as the ‘5-A-Day Pledge’ are designed for all students to be winners,” said Craig.

October 25, 2013 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Nutrition Services

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