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Healthier Meal Options Now Offered at Some Local Schools

SUNBURY (Derek Drake) -- The school lunches of yesteryear are gone, replaced by healthier meals for our growing youth.

The USDA has created new rules for school lunches that include less saturated fats and sodium.

Big Walnut Local Schools is one local example of a school district who are taking the healthy option seriously with the help of dietician Jan Ritter.

Ritter says the have increased the amounts of whole grains, fruits and vegetables in the students' lunches. "We used whole grain pasta," she said. "We've got a whole grain roll that we've included, too."

Those changes are also present in the ever popular school pizza. The crusts are now made with whole grains and topped with low fat cheese.

Experts say they have to hide the vegetables sometimes, to get the kids to eat them.

"We have one recipe that has marshmallows on top of it and it's melted and cooked," said food service director Cassy Sabatini. "The other one is more like, it's called a yum-yum bar, and it tastes like a spice cake. So they think it's a dessert!"

With the help of the Delaware General Health District, the district developed the new menu and asked the students what they thought through a series of surveys.
 
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