Eden Central School District
3150 Schoolview Road, Eden, New York 14057
Many changes will occur in your school cafeteria during the 2013-2014 school year. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and the United States Department of Agriculture are requiring schools to implement revised nutrition standards in the National School Lunch Program. The most obvious differences will be seen in portion sizes, meal components, and the variety of food items that can be part of a lunch meal. These changes are a result of the rising rate of childhood overweight and obesity, health complications such as diabetes, and the increased costs to treat those complications.
The objectives are to promote healthy foods in their natural form, identify appropriate portion sizes, and educate our children to make positive dietary choices. The new program requirements will ensure exposure to a greater variety of fruits and vegetables. In addition, whole grains, meats, and meat alternatives will reflect the 2010 Guidelines for Americans that specify portion sizes based on grade levels (grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12). Over consumption and distorted portion sizes will be greatly reduced with the revised nutrition standards. Low fat and fat free milk varieties will be the only milk choices available.
Examples of these new federal regulations include:
· Specific portion sizes individualized for each grade range (K-5, 6-8, 9-12);
· Fat free or low fat milk (flavored milk will only be offered as fat free);
· Larger servings and more variety of fruits and vegetables;
· More whole grain products such as breads, pasta, and cereals;
· Specific calorie ranges, limited saturated fats and only naturally occurring trans fats;
· Students must select a minimum of ½ cup of fruit or vegetable on their tray.
The obesity epidemic, as well as the increase prevalence of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other health complications, affects an increasing proportion of our nation’s youth. Access to a healthier school environment will promote a healthier lifestyle. By educating our children on how to make smart food selections, we will create a positive message for a longer and healthier tomorrow.
For more information, contact Debbie Dole, cafeteria supervisor at 992-3623.