Nutrition and exercise are what your doctor recommends, and it’s a prescription for many students in Illinois, too. The Illinois State Board of Education is boasting 231 schools, the most in the Midwest, have earned merit from the USDA Healthier US Schools program.
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“Those programs are some you may have heard of, like Farm to School and Chefs in the School,” says ISBE spokeswoman Mary Fergus. “They might apply something that’s called a smarter lunchroom technique … where to place food so that a student might choose a healthier option.”