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OJAI : Elementary Students to Get Food Lessons

Three Ojai elementary schools are scheduled to serve “heart-healthy” lunches to their 1,500 students this week in a collaborative effort with the American Heart Assn. to promote student health and better eating habits.

Meals at Mira Monte, Meiners Oaks and Topa Topa elementary schools will include hot dogs made from turkey meat rather than beef, whole wheat rolls instead of white flour rolls and fruit in place of sugar-filled desserts.

“The main goal is to provide low-fat, low-cholesterol and low-sodium foods to the students,” said Merrill Gross, spokeswoman for the Ojai branch of the American Heart Assn.

Gross said it is important to reach the school district with nutritional information because it influences the eating habits of hundreds of schoolchildren five days a week. “We want to be able to reach our youngsters to help them build heart-healthy eating habits at an early age,” Gross said.

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