Better Bites brings healthy food to the places where youth convene: recreational facilities, sports events, after school programs, school concessions, camps and restaurants. We’ve even got a Better Bites bike so we can bring more healthy food to more people in more places. Our goal is that all places that serve food to Lexington youth will feature healthy options.
Fresh Stop Markets
Fresh Stop Markets are “pop up” farm-fresh food markets set up at local churches and community centers in fresh food insecure neighborhoods. Community members purchase fresh food on an income-based sliding scale. The food is paid for in advance so that farmers don’t face the same degree of risk as they do with a standard farmers’ market. People in the community describe Fresh Stop Markets as welcoming and happy—like a family reunion where all five senses are engaged and there is lots of laughter, food and fun!
School Wellness Action Plan
The Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition leads a SWAP (School Wellness Action Plan) Team to support schools in putting their wellness plans into action consistently. The SWAP Team has representatives from Fayette County Schools administration, principals, teachers, PTA, University of KY College of Education, the YMCA, The Good Foods Co-op, the American Heart Association, Cooperative Extension, the Health Department, and parents. We are promoting three district-wide policies for Fayette County Public Schools. They are:
- End the use of food as reward.
- Require daily recess for all elementary students. (This means not taking away recess as punishment or to do remedial work and having an indoor recess strategy for inclement weather.)
- Include healthy food options at school celebrations.