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Clark Elementary Schools Promoting Healthier Eating Habits

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CLARK, NJ - The Clark Public School District reported they have taken action to support healthy eating while also recognizing the growing number of students with serious food allergies in the community.

According to Superintendent Ed Grande, during the last school year, both Frank K. Hehnly and Valley Road Schools worked together towards a healthier, safer school environment.

Students’ birthdays are now recognized with non-food celebrations and may include parents visiting the classroom to read a story or participate in an activity.  

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School PTA groups sponsor three celebrations a year where snacks are selected from a list of foods which not only follow the State’s nutritional guidelines for sugar content and other unhealthy ingredients but are also free of the top allergens affecting school-aged children.  

Grande indicated the schools have joined the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Healthy Schools Program, which has worked with more than 35K schools nationwide and have action plans in place to make their school communities even healthier.  Both elementary schools have a goal to become one of the more 2,400 schools recognized nationwide as a Gold, Silver, or Bronze National Healthy Schools Award Recipient.

“The Clark Schools look forward to a healthy, productive year ahead and will continue to work towards their goal of receiving a National Healthy School Award,” said Grande.

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