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DeSoto Trail Hailed As 'Trailblazer' For Encouraging Students To Eat Healthy

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Florida’s Education Commissioner is calling a local elementary school a “trailblazer” for trying to develop healthy eating habits among its students.

Speaking during an event this week at Desoto Trail Elementary School, Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart recognized the school’s students.

“DeSoto Trail leads in excellence in academics,” she said. “And, we know that because you students, perform very well, each and every single day.”

Stewart also called the school, “a leader” for taking strides to reduce childhood obesity.

“You were the first and only school in Florida—that in 2015—earned the Gold National Recognition Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation [clapping] and that award was given to schools that have implemented changes to creating healthier environments at the school,” she added.

For example, Stewart says on a recent menu, school students had turkey nachos—which she says are not only tasty, but healthy as well.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.