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School System Brings Grant-Funded Sticker Program into Grocery Stores to Promote Wellness

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School System Brings Grant-Funded Sticker Program into Grocery Stores to Promote Wellness

Last year, Montana's Great Falls Public School system received a $150,000 three year grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield to promote student wellness, the the results of which can be seen across grocery shelves in Great Falls.

With the money, the school system designed stickers that it has placed on healthy snack choices at grocery stores including Vans IGA, Smith's, Sam's Club, Albertson's, Walmart and 2J's Fresh Market.

"What we're hoping is that these little tags here are going to be showing what is a better choice than the others," said Allison Struber, the student wellness coordinator for Great Falls Public Schools, to KRTV-3 news station.

In order for an item to receive a healthy sticker, it must be individually wrapped, since stickers are intended to serve as a flag for parents packing school lunches. Additionally, only 35 percent of its calories can come from fat, with 10 percent from saturated fat and 35 percent from sugar.

Items that don't make the cut include Pop-Tarts, most Capri Sun juice pouches and the dairy product, Go-Gurt.