Students say school cafeteria has variety

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 12:26 PM.

“I don’t get it every day, though,” Alex said as he took his basket with a chicken patty sandwich, fresh apple, fruit cocktail and chocolate milk to the checkout. “I enjoy a little variety.”


Fruits and veggies

“That’s part of our national nutrition patterns,” Crestview High food manager Lynn Roberts said. “You see more fruits and vegetables on their trays.”

Haile said research showed that while 99 percent of elementary school students include a serving of fruit or vegetables in their basket, the percentage dropped to 42 percent of middle-school students and just 36 percent of high-school kids.

“Students must take a fruit or a vegetable with their meal,” Haile said. “And hopefully they’ll eat them.”

Two dieticians at the district office prepare county schools’ menus, Haile said, and follow nutritional guidelines including the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new MyPlate standards, those of the School Nutrition Association of Florida, and voluntary standards set by the Alliance for Healthier Education. While previous guidelines under the Department of Education had minimum caloric standards, now that school meals fall under the USDA, “they also put a maximum on it,” Haile said.

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