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Winner of the "Lunch Smarts" Contest
The winner of the Dr. Hauschka beauty products giveaway was Velma Greene, who submitted the following story. Click here to read other tips for eating a healthy midday meal.

Role Model
I'm a teacher in a public middle school. Until recently, I'd eat whatever was available -- fast foods, chips, cookies -- and my students often asked me for samples or leftovers. Slowly, I noticed they started bringing lunches similar to what I was eating.

Since I knew they were just copying me, I decided to choose my lunch based on what I wanted to see them eat (fruit, vegetables, water, wheat bread). It took a while, but eventually they started asking for my carrot and celery sticks. Before I knew it, they were eating the same healthy food I was enjoying.

These better choices have spread to my breakfast, dinner, and snack meals -- and I've lost 40 pounds. My students have noticed, and we now take walks after our healthy lunch. I've come to realize that with kids, you must lead by example. Actions speak louder than words.
-- Velma Greene, from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Prize
Velma Greene won a gift bag full of Dr. Hauschka beauty products and holistic remedies.