ABC's of nutrition

School lunch menus have been altered this year to include healthier selections including more fruits and vegetables, increase the offering of whole grains, reduce sodium and saturated fat, and eliminate trans fat. Kids respond to the changes.
Krystle Wagner
Sep 26, 2012

 

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School lunch menus have been altered this year after changes made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Schools are now required to serve up healthier selections including more fruits and vegetables, increase the offering of whole grains, reduce sodium and saturated fat, and eliminate trans fat.

Students are also required to take a minimum half-cup of fruits or vegetables; and each meal is comprised of fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and milk.

“I think it's a big step in the right direction,” said Mary Darnton, director of dining services for Grand Haven Area Public Schools.

Darnton said the district began preparing for the changes two years ago. They focus on fresh, locally grown produce.

The students are handling the changes well, Darnton said, because they've been spread over a few years.

“We are seeing more and more students choose a variety of fruits and vegetables, and trying new foods,” she said.

Well-balanced meals come at a cost. Grand Haven elementary school students pay $2.25 for standard lunches, while middle and high school students pay $2.50.

Spring Lake elementary school students pay $2.10 a day for lunch, and middle and high school lunches are $2.35. Students choosing to forego their cup and a half of fruits or vegetables pay an a la carte price, instead of the set lunch rate, said Peg Panici, the director of food service for Spring Lake Public Schools.

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Comments

Bazz56

A hot dog is not good nutrition. If you are going to fain good food try not giving foods with cancer causing nitrites along with 30% fat and 10% water in them, not to mention the lips, ears, and other unmentionables. There is also the choking danger. i like a Hot Dogs i just don't think you should teach children they are good food though when they are not. What they are is easy.

hk1977

It would have been great if the Tribune had clarified that the "hot dog" is actually a turkey dog on a whole grain bun.

jessica14

Healthy and balanced nutrition should be one of the goals of the people. Good nutrition is also vital to help maintain the health and quality of life of the person.
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