Diane Harris (from left), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Nancy Rice, Georgia Department of Education; Larry Winter, Georgia Board of Education; Marty Ordman, Dole Foods; Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle; Kirk Faruquharson, USDA; and Richie Knight, Georgia 4-H.
Diane Harris (from left), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Nancy Rice, Georgia Department of Education; Larry Winter, Georgia Board of Education; Marty Ordman, Dole Foods; Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle; Kirk Faruquharson, USDA; and Richie Knight, Georgia 4-H.

Dole Food Co. and two partners have started a salad bar contest for Georgia high schools.

The contest, Raise the Salad Bar, ends Feb. 3. The prizes are three salad bars for the best student essay or video about how their schools are working to meet the state’s health education standards, according to a news release.

Dole’s partners are Healthy Kids Georgia, an initiative of Lt. Governor Casey Cagle; and Georgia 4-H.

Contest details and entry information are here.

In Georgia, nearly a quarter of students are obese by the time they’re in third grade. Healthy Kids Georgia was formed last year as a challenge to educational leaders to fight the trend.

“This partnership is a perfect match for Dole’s overall mission to encourage a healthy lifestyle in children,” Marty Ordman, vice president of marketing and communications for Dole, said in the release.

“Health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure and low self-esteem all have the effect of holding our children back and keeping them from reaching their true potential,” Cagle said in the release. “Georgia’s youth deserve to be given the tools to live a happy and healthy life, and we have the opportunity through our schools to lead by example in teaching our children wellness and proper nutrition.”

Healthy Kids Georgia is a collaboration of Cagle’s office, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, and others.