Talawanda School District strongly believes that “healthy learners are better learners”. With that in mind, the district seeks to provide nutritious meals for all students and promote the importance of making healthy choices regarding food throughout the school environment.
School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains. They must meet strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. Starting in school year 2012-2013, school lunches will meet additional standards requiring:
Age-appropriate calorie limits
Larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving of produce)
A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes
Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
More whole grains
And less sodium
Now is a great time to encourage your student to choose school lunch!
Here are some web links that may be helpful to your family regarding nutrition and healthy eating.
USDA Website for My Plate
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation. How to help reduce childhood obesity.
Working with kids helping to be healthier and ready to learn.
A parents guide to serving fruits and vegetables so they can offer a healthier diet for their kids.
American Dietetic Association
Learn how to eat the right foods and lead a healthier life, presented by Dole.