When it comes to the state that ranks the third highest in the nation for obesity rates, it might be surprising to learn that West Virginia is slightly ahead of the curve when it comes to nutrition in school meals, according to Amy Gannon of the West Virginia University Extension Service.
In January, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released new guidelines for the nation’s school breakfast and lunch program. The new guidelines are focusing more on improved nutrition, which Gannon said is important since children often receive 2/3 of their meals during the school hours.
“This is by no means an overhaul of the school lunch system,” said Gannon, a youth specialist and registered dietitian with WVU Extension’s Family Nutrition Programs. “These new guidelines create more specific requirements for specific food groups, including vegetables, fruit, and whole grains, among others.”