Havelock football coach Jim Bob Bryant has told quarterback Travis Sabdo not to drop the ball time and again, but last week, the senior player fumbled a pair of lettuce tongs half a dozen times.
Sabdo’s butter fingers were part of the play, or rather script, being followed in a video production introducing garden bars to school lunchrooms in Craven County.
The stars of the show were players from the Havelock High football team, and the production was made by a team from the school’s digital media class.
Five Craven County schools, including Havelock High and Tucker Creek Middle School, will be implementing salad bars as part of their regular school lunch fare for the 2014-15 school year.
Gretchen Wilson, director of child nutrition for Craven County Schools, said the purpose of the video is to help students understand the protocol and etiquette of serving themselves meals at the salad bar.
“The video will help students understand how to do it, the sanitation whys of it and just overall customer relations to it,” she said.
In the video, Sabdo is corrected over and over by teammate Anthony Fisher for unsanitary practices, like picking up salad items with his own hands instead of using tongs, using tongs after they’ve been dropped on the floor, or breathing on the salad bar, which could spread germs.
“I haven’t really been a movie star before, but it’s kind of fun,” Sabdo said between takes. “Looking over the script and not seeing something before is weird and different. It’s kind of hard.”
One thing’s for sure, though, Sabdo appreciates the idea of having fresh fruits and vegetables in his diet.
“As a football player, you definitely need to eat them,” he said. “You need to eat right and get healthy, so it’s definitely a good idea for the salad bar.”
“We’re trying to help people figure out what’s the right and wrong ways to eat the right healthy foods,” he said.
Eating right helps keep a student strong through the day, Fisher said.
“You really need to eat healthy foods to stay in shape and get your day started right going forward,” Fisher said. “This is a good program. I think everybody should eat healthy every day.”
Wilson said much effort has been made to bring salad bars into cafeterias.
“We’ve been trying to decide for the last year and half how to incorporate salad bars back into child nutrition, and we finally figured a way that we can do it working with our rules and regulations of the sanitation and how we can make it work for the students and my staff,” Wilson said.
Wilson said the change is mandatory because of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.
“We have to offer more fruit and vegetable varieties to our students, and now they have to take at least a half a cup on their plate for it to count as a reimbursable meal for the federal standards,” she said. “We’re trying to get a way that the students, especially at the high school level, want to take that fresh fruit and vegetable, so by adding this garden bar with the fresh vegetables we are hoping that the students will take and actually eat the fresh foods we are offering too them.”
Wilson said the video would be shown to students at other schools prior to the implementation of the new garden bars.