School Kids Will Eat Well

A new study has determined that school children will eat healthy food. Steve Karnowski of the Associated Press is on it:
When the researchers crunched all the numbers they found that schools serving the healthiest lunches did not see a falloff in demand.

While serving better meals does entail higher labor costs, the study found, that's offset by lower costs for more nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables compared with processed foods. However, many districts need to upgrade their kitchens and train their staff to prepare these foods, the researchers said.

The study's conclusions rang true for Jean Ronnei, director of nutrition services for St. Paul Public Schools, which serves more than 46,000 meals daily. The district was held up by the authors as a model for others.

Ronnei said the percentage of St. Paul kids eating school lunches has increased in recent years at the same time the district has been offering more fruits and vegetables.

"That doesn't mean we don't have a hot dog on our menu. We do. ... In our case it's a turkey low-fat hot dog," she said.

Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, said she was pleased to see evidence that schools can offer nutritious meals kids will eat without higher costs.
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Jayson - November 27, 2007 12:41 PM

Thanks Gerry another healthy-food-costs-more study to rub the rhubarb ! j/k Nice to see there are more studies dispelling the high cost of healthy food myth. The next step should be eliminating all the milk marketing that saturate school cafeterias.

Jayson - November 27, 2007 4:58 PM

I agree, even before I was more edu-ma-cated about food I never really cared for milk. I cringe everytime I see a young boy or girl drinking cows milk.

Peace on ya !


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