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Madison Elementary enjoy sampling, learning about plant-based food

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COOS BAY, Ore. -- Thanks to a program at Madison Elementary School in Coos Bay, kids are eating their fruits and vegetables - and liking it.

Each month they do tastings with plant-based food.

This month it's carrot cookies.

The kids vote on whether or not they like it to see if the items will be a regular lunchtime feature.

"To try to get kids to be exposed to and eat more fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet," explained Nutrition Program Coordinator Allison Harris. "I think we've seen an increase in number of kids that are willing to try new food which I think is a really great thing."

The school principal says the program has kids going back for seconds of fruits and vegetables and is helping round out their healthy lifestyle.

"Because we also run a pretty robust PE program here and we want to keep in their physical activity," said Principal Janice Schock. "In combination with our garden project, they're growing their own foods, helping them be physically active, eating good food and then learning where their food comes from."

The program helped Madison Elementary win the annual school wellness award.

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