Va. school district offers healthier food

Aug. 14, 2005 at 7:12 PM
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FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Virginia's Fairfax County public schools will offer healthier, lower-fat foods and a ban on the all-french fry lunch this fall.

Fairfax has embraced Gov. Mark R. Warner's Nutrition and Physical Activity Scorecard and Awards Program, which encourages schools to offer only foods that meet strict nutritional guidelines such as food containing less than 30 percent of calories from fat.

Some chips, cookies and pastries won't be stocked in school vending machines and the double-order of french fries for lunch will be banned, reported the Washington Post Sunday.

"Last year, some of them were purchasing two french fries, and that was their lunch," said Penny McConnell, director of the school system's food and nutrition services. "We're saying no."

Wheat Thins, pretzels, a low-fat brownie, baked Doritos, whole-wheat buns, whole-grain pasta and raw zucchini will be added to the menu. An ice cream sandwich and banana cream ice cream treat that meet the fat standards will also be offered.

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