New Smoothie Program at Mount Elden Middle School and Sinagua Middle School
The Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD) and Chartwells K-12 are excited to announce the launch of a new smoothie program at Sinagua Middle School and Mount Elden Middle School.
This week, Chartwells K-12 and the National Dairy Council are collaborating to offer FUSD middle school students a variety of smoothies for breakfast each morning. The smoothie recipes were developed with student input that reflected changes in the restaurant industry overall.
FUSD Food Service Assistant Director, Barbara Ann Heerkens, states, “Fueling students’ brains and immune systems is essential to ensure they have all the energy and nutrients they need to excel academically and in extracurriculars throughout the day. Unfortunately, many middle and high school students will skip breakfast and/or lunch due to packed schedules and lack of time or practice thinking about food.”
Smoothies are a fast and convenient way to get the essential vitamins, and minerals students need throughout the day. Additionally, smoothies will help replace the sugary caffeinated drinks that students bring to school in the mornings, which do not provide the essential vitamins, calcium, and protein that smoothies do.
While the smoothie program is starting out just for breakfast, FUSD and Chartwells K-12 hope to expand the program to lunch and to also serve smoothie bowls.
“We know that lunchtime is one of the only breaks our secondary students get throughout the day and we don’t want them to have to choose between socializing or fueling their brains and bodies,” says Barbara Ann, “With the addition of smoothies to the menu, they will no longer have to make that choice.”
FUSD and Chartwells K-12 hope this program takes off and supports the health of our student community.