Healtier alternatives at NUHS basketball games

NEW ULM – Attendees of the New Ulm girl’s basketball game against Mankato East next Tuesday will be given healthier alternatives at the concession stand.

New Ulm High School has partnered up with the Heart of New Ulm Project, which has been working to reduce the number of heart attacks since its conception five years ago, to provide healthier food choices at concession stands of three basketball games during the latter half of the 2013-14 season.

Barb Pribyl, spokeswoman for the Heart of New Ulm Project, said the project’s work with New Ulm schools is part of its “food environment” work, where it works with grocery stores and restaurants to encourage healthier food service within the community.

“We’re a small program only meant to last 10 years, but our goal is that the community will take over after that,” Pribyl said. “Our goal was to get the conversation going.”

Food service director Jackie LeMay and Athletic Director Chad Eischens have led the initiative within the district after the NUHS Student Council had students complete a survey regarding concession stand offerings last May.

At Tuesday’s game, concession stands will be serving turkey sub sandwiches as well as smaller pieces of pizza. Pribyl said the sub sandwich nights are considered something special amid the menu changes at NUHS athletic events.

The next sub sandwich nights at NUHS events will be the boy’s basketball game on Jan. 23 against St. Peter, and then the girl’s basketball game on Feb. 21 against Sauk Rapids.

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