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Healthier Options Served At Texas Schools

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New strict nutrition rules are in affect for Texas public schools. It means you're kids are eating a lot healthier. KTEN's Katy Blakey has more.

Sherman ISD has been ahead of the health curve. Fresh options fill cafeterias across the district.

Four years ago the state began implementing new nutrition guidelines for public schools over concerns about rising childhood obesity rates. The new rules were phased in over a period of four years, and phased through different grades.

Fried food its out. Baked food is in. Foods labeled as having minimal nutritional value are not allowed. This includes sodas, popsicles, chewing gum, hard candies and more.

Sherman began implementing the policies ahead of the state deadline. Instead of french fries and greasy options, you'll see salad bars and pasta lines.


Sherman ISD officials say they saw a significant drop in their revenue when the healthier options hit the menus, but over the past two years revenue is back up again. Kids are finally savoring the healthy options.

Kids can still have junk food at school, but it has to come from home - packed in their lunchbox.

For more information on the new rules go to www.squaremeals.com.

Katy Blakey, KTEN News