Lunch workers study how to get kids to eat healthy

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- There will be more whole grains on school lunch menus this year, along with a wider selection of fruits and vegetables and other healthy options. The challenge is getting children to eat them.

At a School Nutrition Association conference in Denver this summer, food workers heard tips about how to get children to make healthy food choices in the cafeteria.

The problem is a serious one for the nation's lunch-line managers, who are implementing the biggest update to federal school-food guidelines in 15 years.

New Department of Agriculture guidelines set calorie and sodium limits for school meals. Schools must offer dark green vegetables, orange or red vegetables and legumes at least once a week. Flavored milk must be nonfat, and there's a ban on artificial, artery-clogging trans fats.

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  • by SAM Location: Grand Junction on Aug 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM
    There is a very simple solution to this problem. The only food in the cafeteria is nutritionally well balance foods and they are served as a meal. The only choice that the student is given is whether to eat it or not. The parents then have the responsibility of explaining why their children would not eat the food provided.
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