How Nutritional Is Your Child’s School Lunch?

by SKHC Editor on August 31, 2009

Parents of Texas school-aged children no longer have to worry about the nutritional value of what’s on the school lunch menu. The strict Texas Public School Nutrition Policy has phased in certain aspects over the past few years but recently went into full effect.

What does this entail for elementary, middle and high school students? For starters, the elimination of deep-fat frying foods – no more deep-fried anything, period. Portions may not exceed 3 ounces and may be purchased only one serving at a time. Still hungry and want a second serving? To the back of the line you go. Instead of white rice students are now being served brown rice. Vending machines stocked full of candy and soda will no longer be accessible during the school day.

“I think it’s good that they’re not selling the candy, the cookies and all the junk food, so many of the kids would put it on their plate, and it would be the first thing they’d eat every day,” said former school nurse Greta Jarboe.

The newly incorporated policy however does not restrict what food or beverages parents may put in their kids’ lunch bags.

The new food policy was passed by legislature due to concern that too many Texas children are overweight. The hope is that with the limited availability of unhealthy foods (AKA “foods of minimal nutritional value”) at school the students will be encouraged to make healthy eating choices not only in the cafeteria line but at home as well.

All in all this sounds like a great policy that hopefully will get taken into consideration by other schools and state legislatures.


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