Whole Foods Market celebrated the opening of their 57th Street store by announcing their donation of 57 salad bars to New York City public schools. The salad bars, valued at $300,000, will help children develop healthy food preferences by providing them daily fresh fruit and vegetables.
"Giving every student access to healthy fruit and vegetables is the next step in countering the obesity epidemic," said Mayor Bloomberg. "Thanks to our pioneering initiatives, New York City has recently defied the national trend and seen an unprecedented decline in childhood obesity."
In fact, the obesity rates for New York City kindergartners through eighth graders decreased 5.5 percent from 2006 to 2011. Salad bars are already installed in about 75% of the City's 1,200 school buildings, and the Mayor's Obesity Task Force is determined to expand them to all of the public schools by 2015.
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