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Nutritionists say school lunches are healthy for Heartland kids

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Lunchtime is an important time of the day. The Director of Nutrition Services at several Heartland schools says kids have healthy options from which to choose. Lunchtime is an important time of the day. The Director of Nutrition Services at several Heartland schools says kids have healthy options from which to choose.
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Lunchtime is an important time of the day. The Director of Nutrition Services at several Heartland schools says kids have healthy options from which to choose.

“When your student comes through the line, they’re going to have a choice of entrees, and they’ll come through the line and have a choice of fruits and choices of vegetables and then, of course, grains,” Nancy Glover said.

Glover says every school in the heartland that has a lunch program follows the same federal guidelines.

“They are ensured, if their child participates in that lunch program, that they are going to receive proper nutrition,” Glover said. “A student can come through and pick school lunch and only choose three components and go through as long as one of those components are fruits and vegetables.”

Each child must choose at least one fruit or vegetable every day. Outside the lunch line, snack machines are getting healthier as well.

“We are going to see a lot of granolas,” Director of Nutrition Services at Cape Girardeau Public Schools Lisa Elfrink said. “We are going to see some dried fruits. We are going to see trail mix and you’re going to go away from the sugary snack items. Beverages also fall under that. One thing that we are going to see go away is sports drinks."

Elfrink says Cape Girardeau schools will also adhere to these healthy regulations when preparing breakfast.

Glover encourages parents to review the school lunch menu with their children every week.

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