Jeffco schools are eating healthy


Posted Tue, Sep 11, 2012

LITTLETON, Colo. — Jefferson County School District has begun implementing The Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act. The act is not slated to be put into full effect until the 2013-14 school year; but the Jefferson County School District is already abiding by nearly 90 percent of the changes.

Some of the changes this act plans on implementing are: decreasing the amount of starchy vegetables, reducing sodium in meals, establishing calorie maximums and minimums, serving only unflavored 1 percent milk or fat-free flavored or unflavored milk, increasing the fruits and vegetables kids are offered, and others as well.

Some of these changes are already being noticed by students and teachers. This year at D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High the students in the seventh and eighth grades are required to go into a separate line to receive their lunches. Why? Because the new lunch policies limits calorie intake. The middle school students are only allowed to have 600-700 calories whereas the high school students are allowed 750-850 calories.

An eighth grader at D’Evelyn described how the students were told of the changes in policy, “They told us we had to go in a different line for lunches, and when we asked why they said we were younger so got smaller portions of food.”

Yet for some reason the smaller portions for younger kids have not been reduced in price. In fact because of all the changes being implemented, lunch prices are predicted to rise in order to accommodate the more expensive, healthier ingredients.

Aside from in schools that are home to middle and high school students such as D’Evelyn, or other similar other K-12 institutions, many of the changes won’t be noticed by students or teachers. But, the increased amounts of fruits and vegetables are one big change everyone can see.

“The first thing I noticed walking into the cafeteria is that every lunch comes with both a fruit and vegetable. That was never the case when I was in school,” said Kayla Mindock, a first grade student teacher at Peiffer Elementary School.

With the growing obesity rates in America the first change to school lunch policies in nearly 15 years was imminent. These changes will affect the diet of any student or teacher who buys lunch at the school. However, there is nothing stopping kids from bringing junk food in their lunches, yet.


About Joshua Schott

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4 Responses to “Jeffco schools are eating healthy”

  1. Ashley King Says:

    What I enjoyed about this story, is how many facts there were in here. What I also enjoyed was that you didn’t just stick witht the problem of the unfair lunches and prices, you mentioned that school all a round are attacking the obesity problem.


  2. Stephen Young Says:

    I like your approach here. There’s just enough numbers (eg: calorie count) to make the implementations real for the reader. The kicker seems really ominous, and keeps you reading unitl the end of the article.


  3. shunt Says:

    That’s awesome you got all those facts and an interview with a 1st grader! Great story


  4. Leah Raaflaub Says:

    Very factual but not overwhelming to read! Very interesting!


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