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Healthy eating program encouraging ‘lunch teachers’

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A new program being adopted by area schools is encouraging cafeteria workers to adopt the title of "Lunch Teachers" in an effort to bring healthier eating habits to kids.

Cook for America, founded by Chef Kate Adamick and funded locally by Interact for Health, aims to help schools assess their current food programs and then develop plans to serve healthier meals using the resources they already have.

"We don't call the people who work in school cafeterias lunch ladies, we call them lunch teachers because it's not only their job to feed them healthy meals every day, it's their job to teach them how to feed themselves," Chef Adamick said of the program.

Erlanger Elsmere, Milford and Norwood schools are all participating in Cook for America. Norwood Schools Food Director, Roger Kipp, says he wants to serve food that is made from scratch and whole ingredients, rather than the typical processed food.

Over 16,000 Tri-State students will be served by the Cook for America program.

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