Through the years, we’ve worked with exceptional individuals who understand local challenges facing their communities, and have the passion and the vision to create opportunities where people can make healthy choices where they live, work, learn, play and pray. We’re recognizing these individuals, who have been nominated by their peers and colleagues, to showcase their commitment to making the healthy choice, the easy choice.
Getting kids to eat nutritious meals can be hard, but it is exactly what Walter Campbell is doing in schools throughout Charleston County School District. As Executive Director of Nutrition Services, Campbell is committed to serving healthier school meals in his district, and changing student’s attitudes toward healthier foods being served in schools.
Through his commitment, 20 out of 86 schools in the Charleston County School District now offer salad bars during lunch. Campbell works with food service staff to help them cook more scratch-made foods, such as tomato basil soup, quesadillas, sauces, and dressings. He has helped implement the water crusade, encouraging students to drink more water that’s available for only 50 cents. Next year, the district will buy $2 million of local fresh food for the schools.
“Over the years, he has worked closely with organizations in our community to move healthy
eating initiatives forward,” says Mike Campbell of Fat Guy Diary, LLC. “He’s hosted Eat Smart Move More Charleston Tri-County meetings, promoted Let’s Go! and Let’s Go! H2O, worked with other organizations to promote moving more with youth, worked with local chefs to help students develop healthy recipes, and worked to start school gardens in various schools.”
School gardens are one idea that Walter Campbell embraces, because a school garden gets students excited about fruits and vegetables, because they are engaged in the process of growing the crops. “Kids that see the actual crops growing in school gardens will choose the vegetables and fruits,” he says.
Campbell says he is continually inspired by the community he works with, from students and parents to staff and principals. While he knows change is hard and won’t happen quickly, Campbell realizes that getting students to eat nutritious foods in schools can create healthier lifelong habits.