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Schools promote health lunch choices

POSTED: October 13, 2010 1:12 p.m.
The Liberty County School System is hosting “School Lunch – What’s on Your Tray?” an interactive campaign that is designed to get students excited about healthy school lunch choices, in celebration of National School Lunch Week, Oct. 11-15.
On  Oct. 7, the mayors of seven municipalities in Liberty County were invited to schools in their districts to sign the National School Lunch Week proclamation.
Midway Mayor Dr. Clemontine Washington signed the proclamation at Liberty Elementary School, Flemington Mayor Pro Tem Paul Hawkins signed the proclamation at Joseph Martin Elementary and Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas signed the proclamation at Button Gwinnett Elementary.
By visiting www.WhatsOnYourTray.org, students can take a quiz to find out which of the site’s “cool cartoon characters” fit their personality best. Whether a student turns out to be a social star, a busy bee, a sports fanatic or just totally chilled-out, they can learn what foods fuel them best and keep them healthy. Each site character offers healthy eating tips.
School cafeterias across the nation are participating in “School Lunch – What’s on Your Tray?” to emphasize the components of well-balanced school meals. The campaign is sponsored by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association and the Milk Processors Education Program.
Serving more than 31 million children every school day, the federally funded National School Lunch Program provides nutritionally balanced low-cost and free meals to students. The program, which has been serving the nation’s children for more than 60 years, requires school meals to meet federal nutrition standards.
• Meals are based on the dietary guidelines for Americans, meaning they contain no more than 30 percent of calories from fat, and less than 10 percent from saturated fat.
• School lunches include fruits and vegetables, grains, proteins and milk, and they must provide one-third of the recommended dietary allowances of protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium and calories.
• Meals are served in age-appropriate serving sizes, meaning students get the amount of food their bodies need.
For more information about healthy school meals, go to www.TrayTalk.org.
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