School Lunches Get A Makeover

Students are being encouraged to trade in the french fries for apples and oranges.

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and this year teachers are hoping that a healthy lunch will prove to be just as important. School Health Coordinator Erin Haegerle says in school cafeterias there's going to be a lot more whole wheat bread and rolls, more fruits and vegetables offered, and everything will be served in single size servings.

Under a Federal mandate school districts across the United States are required to develop a Wellness Policy. In June Mesa County School District 51 adopted its Wellness Policy and come Monday it'll be put to the test. Haegerle says she thinks it's going to be difficult at first but that over the years she expects students will come to appreciate the healthier school enviroment.

In a couple of weeks new technology will hit high schools in the Grand Valley in an effort to help students put together healthy complete meals. District 51 Spokesperson Jeff Kirtland says the vending machines allow students to select an entrée, a side dish and a beverage.

In addition to following the district's new Wellness Policy schools will also have the opportunity to take part in a rewards program. By becoming a designated health promoting school, teachers and students can earn points by meeting strict nutritional criteria. Points equal money, and schools can get up to $1,000.00 for participating.

43.8 % of all high school students drink more than one pop a day.
In School District 51 most drink vending machines have 50 % soda and 50 % water and juice.