Namaste Charter School gets award for healthy menu, fitness

February 10, 2011 10:17:40 AM PST
A school on Chicago's South Side was honored Thursday morning for creating a healthier menu for students and promoting physical fitness.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture presented Namaste Charter School with U.S.D.A. Healthier School Gold Level Award. It is only the second Chicago school to receive the honor.

The school serves fish, turkey burgers, vegetables, fruit, wheat bread and a salad bar. No junk food is allowed.

The honor comes on the one year anniversary of the launch of First Lady Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move' campaign to end child obesity.

Dozens of Chicago Public Schools are adding salad bars to their cafeterias in an effort to make their menus healthier.

"The menu here is really cool because we have very organic foods used. We have a wide variety of choices. We have fruit every day and white milk," Namaste student Victor Rodriguez told ABC7.

"The foods are good. My favorite lunch at Namaste is the turkey burger. It's a popular lunch here. The food change is a good thing. I like it," said Namaste student Khameron Cunningham.

"Our children are super excited that everyone has recognized their hard work, because they're the ones that really make us the place we are today. We have 60 minutes of P.E. every day. We focus a lot on nutrition and wellness principles that we teach the kids but also in the food we serve them," said Principal Allison Slade, Namaste Charter School.