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Hattiesburg Schools Take Health Initiative

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Thanks to a grant, 7 schools in the Hattiesburg Public School District are eating healthier.

"We're just real excited that our students have the opportunity to expand their usage, their consumption, of fruits and vegetables several days a week because we know those students didn't get some of the items we serve at school at home on a regular basis," HPSD Nutrition Director Stephanie Hoze said.

The US Dept. of Health gave the HPSD a $150,000 grant that allows them to serve fresh fruits and vegetables to students outside of the regular meals three days a week.

This week's fruits at Hawkins Elementary are tangerines, pears and pomegranate.

Hoze said this program helps combat obesity rates by teaching kids healthy eating habits while they're young.

"It's like a extra thing that you have to do, so sometimes when you're short staffed, it is hard to get it out," Hawkins Elementary Child Nutrition Manager said Terri Adams said, "But in essence you have to remember that it's not about you. It's not about what's going on in your school. It's about the children and their needs, so sometimes you have to go above and beyond the call of duty to get it out."

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