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Local districts roll out new school lunch menus

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - New updated federal nutrition standards are making their way into school cafeterias. 

Cafeterias throughout the country are fully stocked with fruits and vegetables. It's part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act to fight obesity. 

"If we don't get the food in the stomachs of kids and they wind up in garbage cans, then we aren't doing our jobs," said Chris Burkhardt, Director of Nutrition in the Lakota School District. "So it's been a lot of tweaking the items students like and making sure they'll eat them."

In the Lakota School District, breads, pizza crusts and cookies are all whole grain. Salads are made with greener Romaine lettuce.

"Potatoes have been substituted with sweet potato french fries," said Burkhardt. "Our milk is now low fat or fat free, we have fat-free flavored milk as well. We've lowered our sodium and lowered our calories on a lot of the items you'll see everyday."  

"They [meals] look better," said Abby Antelo, a Sophomore at Lakota West High School. "The ones last year looked greasy and gross, this year they look a lot better."

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