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Lacombe school plants health habits

Replacing French fries with fruits and veggies and slurpees with fruit juice slush has earned Lacombe Composite High School a 2014 Nutrition Innovation Award.

In recent years, the school has developed an on-site, all-season greenhouse and grown herbs within the school. It has plans to implement a system within the greenhouse that will use fish to help spur further plant growth.

The school already incorporates plants grown at the school into its cafeteria menu, and will add the greenhouse fish as well once the aquaponics system is set up.

When the cafeteria changes were made, the school lost profits, but consumption of fruit, vegetables and milk has increased.

Given out by Alberta Milk, the award will grant the high school $1,000.

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