March 8, 2014
With the focus in reducing child obesity, Harrisonburg City Schools are attempting to make lunches healthier. But there are limitations to offering food children should be eating.
Lunches are including more fresh vegetables and fruit and less fried foods. Plus, reduced fat cheese is used on pizza and whole wheat bread has replaced white. But many students are passing these new options right by. Andrea Early, Harrisonburg's director of nutrition programs, say the new choices aren't as popular.
"Not as many students do select it as I wish, so we try to make things available and have healthy options there," said Early.
If students don't eat the food, participation goes down, along with their budget. But some students like the change.
"Actually, yesterday I went by, and I saw like all the wheat bread and everything and I was like well it's healthier and it pretty much tastes the same as white bread. There are more vegetables, but I was pretty okay with it because I really like vegetables," Sarah Grace McCormick, sixth grader at Thomas Harrison Middle School.
Early says she is working with parents and students on eating better. She says good habits must be started early.