Public schools offering healthier lunch options

More than half of schools surveyed have moved from canned vegetables to low-sodium options

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Meals served at public schools across the country have become healthier over the last 15 years.

The Centers for Disease Control found that new policies by the U.S. Department of Agriculture have been enforced in school cafeterias successfully. Almost all schools in the survey offered whole grain foods for breakfast and lunch, and most offered 2 or more vegetables or fruits each day.

Some parents say children need to be taught to make the healthy choice. “What you do at home as parents and the way you instill in them that there’s a balance in eating, I’m hoping that when they get older and they’re off on their own more, we can slowly but surely get them on the right track nutritionally, because it’s really important,” said Joe Ieraci of Agawam.

Less than one-third of schools have self-serve salad bars, and more than half have moved from salty canned vegetables to low-sodium options.

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