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Milnor Recognized In Healthier School Challenge

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One school in North Dakota has made a change to look out for the better of their students. Milnor Public School used a group effort to teach kids about being healthy, and that work has paid off.

Today the school received a national award for their success.

It all started two years ago when head cook Karla Dusek entered Milnor into the USDA's Healthier U.S. School challenge. The whole school backed her up.

"The opportunity to make changes in your school, for the better, for all our students, and that's what we're here for and that's what's exciting." says Milnor Superintendent Diann Aberle.

Making a change for more daily exercise and recording all their lunch recipes.

"You had to do like a weeks menu that you had already done, and it was a lot of looking back and it just took a lot of time." says Karla.

But the challenge wasn't just about teaching the kids how to eat healthy, but also teaching them how they can carry it through everyday.

"We have also incorporated some morning activities in the school gym for our students. Everything from balloon volleyball to walk of fame with laps in the gym, to limbo and dancing." laughs Aberle.

This is all a key part of Michelle Obama's "Lets Move!" campaign. One part that didn't work from the campaign was decreasing the calories, because some kids said they weren't getting enough to eat.

"Everybody assumes that it's us," Karla says, "but you know we're just trying to go by the rules and we try to explain that to them the best we can."

That calorie-intake rule was just overturned, so these lunch ladies will follow the guideline to keep all students happy and full.

Now, they are being recognized nationally for the job well done showing students how to live a healthier lifestyle.

The school will soon receive a $1,500 check for winning the gold prize. That money will be put toward lunch accounts and products for the cafeteria.
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