An apple a day keeps the doctor away, delights teachers returning to school
Friendswood ISD is partnering with Aramark, their food service provider, to
make healthy and nutritious food available for all of its students and teachers.
In order to celebrate the new school term, Aramark will give each teacher and
staff member in the district a back-to-school apple with a message about healthy eating
encouraging teachers and staff to reinforce healthy eating by students as well.
“We want to give our teachers a back-to-school gift that is healthy and nutritious
and that sets an example for our students. We are proud of our students, parents and
educators who help Friendswood ISD to improve the health and fitness of the body as
well as of the mind,” Food Service Director David Moynihan said.
Scientific studies on the health values of eating an apple a day support the truth
of the adage. Apples are low in calories and sodium and high in fiber and Vitamin C. In
2012 an Ohio State University study found that eating an apple a day helped significantly
lover levels of bad cholesterol in middle-aged adults and in 2011 a Dutch study found
that eating apples might help prevent strokes.
For food in the school cafeterias at school, Texas Public School Nutrition Policy
for Elementary and Intermediate Schools must be followed by Aramark in the school
The Texas Department of Agriculture has comprised a mandated policy for all
Texas schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. The program is
geared to maintaining the nutritional integrity of children during the school day. Policies
affect all foods being served within a campus during school hours by both school Food
Service and food that would be provided by student/parent organizations, vendors and
The dietary guidelines followed by Aramark are based on scientific information
from a team of nutrition experts convened by the USDA. The USDA has now replaced
the longstanding food pyramid with a new healthy food symbol called My Plate.
The guide suggests that half a plate should be made up of fruits and vegetables.
Details on this information may be found at: www.choosemyplate.gov
“Thank you parents for helping children learn to eat healthy at home. Our food
service personnel as well as teachers, administrators and staff are helping them at school
to make healthy food choices,” Superintendent Trish Hanks said. “And, thanks to
Aramark for planning a winning beginning and giving an apple to our staff.”
For more information on food services, visit: www.myfisd.com/services/food-
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