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October 16, 2012


Special event at Saint Cecilia School aims to get kids excited about eating healthy

Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will celebrate National School Lunch Week with a special day at one of its newest school partner sites, Saint Cecilia in the city's Fox Chase section.

On Thursday, October 18th, students will receive nutrition puzzles, coloring sheets and stickers to remind them of the importance of eating healthy at school and at home. A proclamation celebrating National School Lunch Week will also be read at lunchtime in the school cafeteria.

Thursday, October 18
12:00 p.m.
Saint Cecilia Parish School
525 Rhawn Street
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Saint Cecilia's joins 110 other Catholic elementary, charter and private schools in the five-county-area making healthy meals available to its students under the sponsorship of Nutritional Development Services.

Serving more than 31 million children every school day, the federally-funded National School Lunch Program provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students. The program, which has been serving the nation's children for over 60 years, requires school meals to meet the USDA's new nutrition standards by:

* Ensuring students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week.
* Substantially increasing offerings of whole grain-rich foods.
* Offering only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties.
* Limiting calories based on the age of children being served to ensure proper portion size.
* Increasing the focus on reducing the amounts of saturated fat, trans fats and sodium.


Editor's Note: For more information, please contact Anne H. Ayella at 267-262-8901.
For more information about Nutritional Development Services please visit

Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist

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