TX Dept. of Agriculture Discuss Changes in School Lunch Menus - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/20/04

TX Dept. of Agriculture Discuss Changes in School Lunch Menus

The new, more nutritious school lunch menu was the topic of conversation among more than 100 local school officials Tuesday.

Last month, NewsChannel 11 first told you about the three new "R's" that Texas schools are adding to their curriculum: Reduced calorie, Reduced fat and Reduced sugar.

Tuesday morning, a member of the Texas Department of Agriculture discussed the changes he said are greatly needed. "There is a crisis facing Texas of children being overweight and obese and having a great prevalence of nutrition related diseases," said John Perkins, Assistant Commissioner for the Texas Department of Agriculture.

The new nutrition guidelines go into effect for school lunch and breakfast meals this fall. The guidelines also eliminate all deep fried food, and limit portion sizes for foods like chips, cookies and desserts.

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