Marshall County Schools Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Good for local students says Ketron

November 3, 2008

Marshall County Schools Fresh Fruit and Vegetable
Program Good for local students says Ketron

(NASHVILLE, TN), November 3, 2008 – State Senator Bill Ketron said today Marshall County Schools will participate in a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program for local students.  The program is funded by a federal grant which offers free fruits and vegetables to students during the school day.  Ketron, who has been a leader in the State
Legislature in promoting nutrition and exercise in schools said the program will help promote healthy eating habits.

“I am very pleased our local students will be able to take advantage of this program,” said Sen. Ketron.  “If we can develop good healthy eating habits and increased exercise at an early age, we will begin to see vast health benefits for our citizens in the future.”

Tennessee is among the highest in the nation in heart disease, stroke and diabetes, health complications that are often related to obesity. Ketron was sponsor of legislation to begin to address child obesity in Tennessee schools, by extending physical education and nutrition statewide.

 “This program will be a plus in helping our local students achieve a healthier lifestyle,” Ketron added.  “It blends well with legislative improvements we have already implemented to ‘add up’ for a healthier Tennessee.”

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program was created through the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008. The grant runs from July 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009.

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