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To bring healthier meals to students at the Dover-Eyota elementary school in Minnesota, school officials and parents started a partnership with local farmers.
School cook Cindy Grey was on the front line to see the impact.
It's fun to get watermelon and corn on the cob fresh from a farmer who delivers 'em right to the back door.
When a delivery of watermelon was being made, I had a little guy say to me, “Is that for us?” and he was very, very excited.
Bringing the farm to school taught the kids a lot about nutrition and where food comes from.
It's really exciting to see the kids understand the freshness that's going on.
The kids have watched us husk corn and been very excited knowing that that's going to be theirs later.
The farm-to-school program has brought better food to the children while building ties within the community.
And it's had an impact on Cindy, as well as the kids she serves.
It's made my job exciting again. I'm glad we're going in this direction. It's great that it's being done here.
When a company in Tucson saw its health care costs rising, it decided to find out if healthier employees could lead to a healthier bottom line.
Our health care claims were nearing a million dollars for our 95 employees.
And as a self-insured employer, we were worried about not being able to offer insurance to our employees.
So we decided to implement a wellness program.
Instead of making cutbacks, the company invested in ways to help employees live healthier.
We offer incentives for the employees, convenience of an onsite wellness coach who meets with each employee monthly, we have a walking path that employees can utilize during the course of the day, and we offer healthy food choices from our vending machines.
Creating an environment that makes healthy living easier for everyone has paid off with some pretty impressive results for both the company and its employees.
We have actually been able to lower our claims by nearly 70 percent and we've lost 440 pounds as a total, as a group, in the last two years.