Nutrition Transition Hits Valley Schools

WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV)-- Cafeterias across the country are changing what your kids will eat this year.

Devona Daft makes sure that her kids eat healthy whether they're in school or out. But, she knows that not every kid has that option.

"I do know a lot of families that do, probably, don't eat healthy and unfortunately a lot of children don't have that access and a lot of families don't even have that convenience or luxury, because both parents are out of the home working or single families," said Daft.

That's why she's thrilled to hear that schools across the country are adopting a new policy called 'smart snacks in schools'. It goes into effect at the beginning of the year, and sets out healthier options for kids.

The plan restricts what schools can offer students based on the amount of sodium, fat, and sugar in a food item.

In Waynesboro public schools, items like Sunchips, Cheez-It's, and pretzels will be replaced with items like Chex Mix, crackers, and whole grain Rice Krispie treats.

"Because of the obesity problem that we're having, we're seeing more and more of that in our students from an early age," said Tammy Coffey, a nutrition coordinator for Waynesboro public schools.

She says obesity has been a big problem everywhere, and predicts positive outcomes for this new plan.

"I think they notice more and more that we have more fruits and vegetables. You know, I'm seeing big improvements and hopefully this school year, we'll see more," said Coffey.

Smith says that she hopes this will encourage more kids to eat healthy and live healthier lives.

"As a parent it actually takes a little bit of stress off of me, because I'm not having to pack lunches because I know I can send them to school and they're getting a good lunch," said Daft.

She's hoping other parents feel the same.


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