MAKE MEALS COUNT!
We are making meals count by continually striving to improve the quality of the menus we offer our students. We are making meals count by reinforcing student’s diets with more nutritious choices at school and by making nutrition education accessible to students so that they form healthy habits for life!
Physical activity and a focus on good nutrition can help to stop childhood obesity.According to the CDC, “Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2010. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period.”
Our district has implemented changes which include an increase in the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat fluid milk in our meals. We are reducing the levels of sodium and saturated fat as well as eliminating added trans fat in meals. The dietary and physical activity behaviors of children and adolescents are influenced by many sectors of society, including families. We encourage you to adopt these changes at home.