HBO praises Portland school for healthy food

HBO praises Portland school for healthy food

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by Keely Chalmers

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Posted on May 2, 2012 at 6:13 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 2 at 12:57 PM

PORTLAND - The latest statistics show nearly 25 percent of children are overweight. Now a new HBO documentary is hoping to slim down those statistics, and Portland is one of 12 cities it’s targeting.

HBO representatives visited James John Elementary School in North Portland Tuesday.

Students got a sneak preview of the cable network’s upcoming series "The Weight of the Nation," a documentary which highlights the challenge of getting healthy food into school cafeterias.

HBO picked James John Elementary because of the school's commitment to children's health and wellness.

The school recently received Oregon's Wellness award for 2012.

The school already serves local meats, fruits and vegetables in its cafeteria and emphasizes active living.

As a reward for all its hard work, HBO in partnership with Whole Foods gave the school two new salad bars and a new water fountain.

“We're really encompassing wellness in every angle in order to bring it into the lives of our children,” said Jane Harold, wellness leader for the school.

The four-part HBO documentary premieres May 14th.

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