Healthier initiative spreads to cafeteria

Photo by Kristina Piamonte

Photos by Kristina Piamonte

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief

A big change in the lunch lines across the nation has arrived, as schools including WHS, adjust to new nutritional standards.

Previously, students could choose to  decline from taking their fruit and vegetable portions. Now, all students must take at least one serving when purchasing a lunch meal. New signs have also been hung in the cafeteria, giving specifics on where students can find meals.

District 214 plans to include a variety of vegetables, more whole grains and a strict limit on calories, portion sizes, sodium and saturated fat. These changes are a part of the National School Lunch Program’s (NSLP) initiative to prepare healthier meals.

NSLP, created in 1946, is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture adopted new standards to limit the amount of calories, fat, salt and sugar that food can obtain. Schools across the state and nation that participate in the National School Lunch Program must comply with these new standards.

These changes to school meals are the first in 15 years and were encouraged through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act signed by President Barrack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

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