Northern Kentucky schools make healthier choices

COLD SPRING, KY (FOX19) - The cafeteria at Crossroads Elementary School, like many schools is bustling with students during its lunch hour, many sharing stories and sometimes sharing food.

Healthier food like carrots and salad actually has students liking up to pick a better option than fries or potato chips.

"Initially sometimes they're not sure and if you are standing there and able to encourage them to try it, at the elementary level kids will try things," says principal Kim Visse.

Principal Visse along with five other Campbell County schools was selected to share a $4,800 grant from Action for Healthy Kids, a national non-profit leading the fight against childhood obesity.

Crossroads share is $800 for the 2011-2012 school year which is allowing not only health lunch options but better choices for breakfast.

"I do see quite a few children that come through my office complaining about belly aches in the morning and you'll ask them, 'Did you eat your breakfast this morning?' and they'll say, 'No, I didn't have time or I overslept'," says school nurse Theresa Bezold.

Bezold says the school now offers fruit, oatmeal and yogurt parfaits with granola for hungry students in the morning and the kids are enjoying it.

"Our goal here is to try to decrease childhood obesity and keeping the kids here at school we want them to be healthy, they have to be healthy in order to learn."