University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Studio One features Liberian refugee and healthy cafeterias

Find out how one man escaped warfare, worked to start a new life in a different country and get an education. Mohammed was a child when his family escaped violence in Liberia. “Right after the Civil war broke out in Liberia, my family [and I] crossed the border to Guinea for rescue,” he said. As a refugee, Mohammed passed the time playing soccer and dreaming of an education. When his family was relocated to Grand Forks, N.D. in 2004, Mohammed was determined to integrate into his new community. He became an area soccer organizer and worked toward his degree at UND. “It’s great to see people graduate from college,” Mohammed said. “It was a very happy day for me actually, graduating, wearing a gown.”

Also, learn about the pros and cons of new rules for children’s diets. Some lunch conversations at school may have changed because of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. While parents may be interested in the policy, children are generally more concerned about how lunch tastes. The act is intended to reduce childhood obesity and increase healthy food provided in cafeterias. “Basically, people are required to take three of the five elements of lunch,” said Brian Loer, a high school principal. Healthy options at school offers children food they may not receive at home. “We do see probably an increase in garbage because when they are forced to take a vegetable or fruit they will take it and run right to the garbage can and throw it away,” said Loer.

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