New School Lunch Guidelines Go Into Effect
Date posted - August 17, 2012
As students head back to school this fall, they’ll notice some changes to the contents of their school lunch trays. Earlier, parents in the Sheldon Community School District received notice of the new school lunch guidelines that were set out as part of the “Healthy Kids Act” that became federal law this summer.
Sheldon Schools Superintendent Robin Spears told KIWA that the new guidelines have switched the emphasis of the lunches away from the protein portion of the meal, and more toward fruits and vegetables.
Under the new guidelines, school lunches for elementary students must be 550-650 calories, middle school students must be 600-700 calories, while lunches for high school students must be 750-850 calories. In addition, the emphasis on types of food has changed. Under the new guidelines, the meals shall consist of 2 parts vegetable, 1 part protein, 1 part starch, 1 part fruit, 1 part dairy, and will no longer contain a dessert of any kind.
Spears says the guidelines are designed to not only nourish, but also to educate the students. He says that the new guidelines will put more fruits and vegetables in front of the students, as well as educate them on portion control. He says the primary goal of the “Healthy Kids Act” is to help youngsters learn to eat in a more healthy manner, and provide them with the knowledge and tools they need to make good food choices throughout their entire lives.
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