School Meals

Guide to School meals

School meals provide the right balance of protein, dairy, grain, fruits and vegetables; along with age-appropriate portion sizes to ensure students get proper nutrition and the energy they need.

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Students who eat school meals provided by the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs are more likely to be at a healthy weight.  

Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 

Secondary Guide to the Lunch Line

 

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

  • Whole Grains that include breads, buns, pastas, pizza, chicken nuggets etc.
  • Increased fruit and vegetable options are a nutrient dense choice that leaves you feeling satisfied and full.
  • Reduced fat and sugar items provide all of the same nutrients without the unnecessary calories.
  • Lower sodium is the result of fresh, prepared ingredients.      

SCHOOL MEALS HELP STUDENTS DO BETTER IN SCHOOL

  • Research has shown that students who eat school meals perform their best academically.
  • Students who eat school breakfast have greater gains in standardized test scores and show   improvements in math, reading, and vocabulary scores. 1
  • Healthy eating correlates with less trips to the school nurse and less absenteeism.
  • Providing nutritious school breakfast on testing days lead to improved test scores.

    PARENTS AND SCHOOL NUTRITION PROFESSIONALS SHARE THE SAME GOALS

  • Developing and modeling a healthy lifestyle.

PARENTS ARE ROLE MODELS.  HOW TO GET INVOLVED

  • Encourage healthy eating and lifestyles at home for you and your kids—actions speak louder than words.
  •  Review the cafeteria menu with your kids to help them plan for a balanced meal.
  • Join your kids for school lunch or school breakfast.
  • Review the Cedar Rapids District’s Wellness Policy.
 
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