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Basketball concession stands to feature healthy options on Dec. 15 and Dec. 17

December 13, 2015
Reinbeck Courier

GRUNDY CENTER Family meals can happen anywhere. For families with students who are playing sports, those meals often take place at a concession stand. A partnership between the Grundy Center Wellness Committee, the Grundy County Memorial Hospital and the Grundy Center School District is providing healthy options at two upcoming high school boys and girls basketball games in Grundy Center.

In an effort to support healthy families, the Grundy Center concessions operation will offer a wider variety of food choices for the Tuesday, December 15 games with Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School, and the Thursday, December 17 games with Aplington-Parkersburg.

New items available in the concession area for these games include low fat milk and chocolate milk, fresh vegetables with hummus, yogurt parfaits with granola and a grilled chicken sandwich served on a high fiber bun. "The idea is to provide choices for busy families that support an overall healthier eating plan," says Crystal Petersen, dietitian and head of the hospital's nutrition and wellness services. "With the help of the students in Mrs. Schuller's consumer science classes, and the support of a Community Health Grant, we are demonstrating that concession stand food does not have to be poor in nutrition and high in calories and fat." Petersen says the Grundy Center concession stands have taken steps to make healthier options available, such as apples, but the December 15th and 17th will offer more variety.

In addition to the concession stand choices, members of the Wellness Committee will have health information available for families on topics such as nutrition, tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse.



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