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It's not always easy task convincing kids to eat their daily fruits and vegetables. But, Williston High School is in their second year of implementing a healthy menu, and the changes they have made are impressive. The changes started back in 2010 after Congress passed the healthy hunger free kids act.

 "It changed how we served meals in schools, made our school meals a lot healthier. We were already serving healthy meals but it gave us more regulations and made our meals a lot healthier," emphasized food service director Lynelle McKenzie.

 Williston High School now has a weekly requirement to serve dark green, orange and red vegetables along with legumes. The school is taking a firm position in making sure students get a serving of fruit or veggies during lunch.

 "The primary change that we've seen I'd we are increasing our servings of fruit and vegetables and not only are we increasing it but were now requiring students to either take a fruit or a vegetable. They don't have to take both but they have to take one or the other," added McKenzie.

The school is now also starting to serve lower sodium food items and all bread products must be at least 51% whole grain. McKenzie is happy with the result.

 "Our meals are really getting healthier and were seeing a lot more fruits and vegetables on students trays and we like that and want to encourage that," said McKenzie.

The healthy menu changes will continue to be implemented over the next 10 years.

 

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