On the Menu: Healthy School Lunches

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The exact impact on Georgia school districts from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 is not clear.  The bill was passed in December.

Muscogee County School Nutritionist Sally Overstreet says more fruits and veggies and less sodium will most likely be on the menu.  "We do not have the manufacturers following suit with getting items that we put on bid to be lower sodium."  The other challenge, Overstreet admits, is that the lower sodium items do not always taste as good.

Muscogee County has already added more fresh fruits and veggies on each tray and has been adding in more whole grains.  "Even our pop tarts are whole grain. Kids love them. So, we are trying to get something they will eat and will be healthy.  If they do not eat it, it will not do them any good," explained Overstreet.

Another challenge, healthy food costs more. The act will provide $0.06 for each lunch to districts that keep up with the guidelines.  They should be finished in 2012.

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