Several schools in the Sacramento suburb are taking part in a nationwide pilot program called Healthy Schools, designed to fight childhood obesity. Ann Erbeznik – a P-E teacher at Mills Middle School – says the kids weren’t happy at first.
"Students absolutely were in shock initially. The snack bars have converted from the typical potato chips and candy bars to more healthy snacks like nuts and pretzels."
But she says kids at Mills Middle School, Cordova Meadows and Cordova High School are starting to buy the healthier alternatives.
The Healthy Schools program also includes enhancing physical activities. The program is spearheaded by former President Bill Clinton’s Foundation and the American Heart Association.