McAllen ISD Works To Better Students Through Nutrition

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 8:16am

MCALLEN - Chocolate milk or regular milk? Vegetables or chips?

These are the decisions everyday kids have to make when at lunch. In the McAllen Independent School District, they try to help kids make the healthier choice.

"It's hard, it's tough to get kids to buy into a healthier meal, umm we have a lot of picky eaters, and what we do is we train the staff to encourage kids as they are going through the line to make sure that they at least try it," said Carmen Ocanas, McAllen ISD Food Services Director.

McAllen serves 33,000 meals a day. That is 20 times what a normal restaurant does. So for many reasons they try to promote health, one reason recently making national headlines.

"It is alarming, it is an alarming state to know that obesity is at an all time high, and what we do to try and combat that is to educate the students in making better choices. we also plan our menus according to the recommended guidelines so that they are within the thirty percent fat, within the calories, and they have all of the nutrients," said Ocanas.

Every semester things are added and changed to the menu.

News Center 23 Reporter Erin Murray explains in the link above.

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