Promoting health & wellness for LEAP Students, faculty & Staff
LEAP is committed to providing students with a healthy and balanced diet. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are served daily in five cafeterias. Led by Executive Chef Michele Pastorello and Metz Culinary Management, the food services operation is integrated into the school’s Health and Wellness Strategy. In addition to preparing delicious meals, the Food Services team works to introduce, develop, and promote healthy eating habits among students and parents. Healthy cooking demonstrations and nutrition seminars are offered year-round to parents after school, as well as to students.
healthy snacks for healthy children
The importance of making good food choices is essential to improve health, especially for children as they grow. The LEAP Academy supports this effort in its daily meal selections and its participation in the Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Every student at LEAP Academy’s Lower School (K-6) receives a fresh fruit or vegetable on Mondays and Wednesdays as a snack. Victoria Engelstad coordinates the Program at LEAP and her student nutrition team of high school seniors helps to distribute the food.
Executive Chef Michele Pastorello shares his knowledge of fruits and vegetables with the students. He presents many fresh food demonstrations throughout the year: to explain how fruits and vegetables grow, what they look like in their natural state, different ways they can be prepared, and how they help to keep people healthy.