In Richfield, Healthy Snacks Fill Concession Stands

Updated: 01/23/2013 7:17 AM KSTP.com By: Naomi Pescovitz

Students and parents are accustomed to the candy, chips and hot dogs at school athletic events, but one high school is changing it up for the "healthier."

A list of healthy options filled the concession stands at Richfield High School during a varsity boys basketball game against Hill-Murray Tuesday night.

The menu included a low-fat organic burrito, a turkey sandwich, trail mix and carrots and humus.

10-year-old Baylee O'Donnell spent Tuesday evening helping serve concessions at the game.

"They are used to seeing the walking tacos, the hot dogs, the candy, the chips, the pop. They are surprised and we've had kids coming back and saying they like this stuff," said O'Donnell, a fourth grader at the Richfield S.T.E.M. School.

The new concessions are part of a project called "do.town." Bloomington, Edina and Richfield are all working with Blue Cross Blue Shield to get communities eating right.

"We worked with a dietitian to identify items that were higher in fiber, have more lean protein and less sugar and that will help keep people feeling fuller and satisfied longer," said do.town Project Manager Katherine Bass.

"They may come up to the stand and say can I get some chips, but... if they have a dollar in their hand, typically they want to spend that dollar or they want to eat something. So they are going to substitute the goldfish for the chips," said Booster Club Member Laurie Palmer.