Mural to Promote Healthy Eating

1 decade 1 month 1 week ago August 21, 2006 Aug 21, 2006 Monday, August 21 2006 Monday, August 21, 2006 5:09:20 PM CDT in News

Ned Vail is putting the finishing touches on a mural in the West Boulevard Elementary School cafeteria. The mural depicts where fruits and vegetables come from, promoting healthy eating. Vail hopes that his paintings will have a positive impact on the students.

"Once they can see it in a more artistic way they have a better understanding of what a good food is and nutritious food and where they come from. It's kind of a comic strip format and I think they can relate to that," Vail explained.

The mural is a component of the school's healthy eating by design grant. It shows fruits and vegetables as cartoon characters with positive messages for students to find healthy eating fun. Students will also get the chance to add to the mural by coloring in a paint by number on the pillars in the cafeteria.

The school started the healthy eating program last year by serving fruits and vegetables to first and second grade students twice a week. This year all students will get the chance to sample a healthy food once a week.

"Our goal of the whole program is to have our students eating more vegetables and more fruits and so the murals kind of depict different vegetables and fruits and the whole process of going from the plant to your table," said Principal Vickie Robb.

It took vail more than five hours to design and paint each of the ten murals. Robb hopes that the murals will encourage students to start making healthy decisions now that will benefit them in the future. The parents and students will get the chance to get a sneak peek of the mural Monday, before school starts on Wednesday.

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