Longview ISD Child Nutrition Services staff will provide quality meals in an efficient, clean and friendly manner, to enhance the learning and health of children. Certified managers will analyze menus to ensure that they are appetizing and meet all appropriate USDA nutritional guidelines.
School meals are . . .
• National School Lunch Program participants also were more likely than nonparticipants to have adequate usual daily intakes of key nutrients. ~ School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study-III (2004-05)
• Students that eat meals served through the NSLP are more likely to be at a healthy weight. Research from 2007 also found that students gain weight during the summer months when they are at home and lose weight during the school year when they are able to eat school meals. ~ School Nutrition Association
• School lunches must meet Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommends no more than 30 percent of calories come from fat and less than 10 percent from saturated fat. Regulations also require school lunches to provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium and calories. ~ U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
• Studies conclude that students who eat school breakfast increase their math and reading scores and improve their speed and memory in cognitive tests. Research also shows that children who eat breakfast at school - closer to class and test-taking time - perform better on standardized tests than those who skip breakfast or eat breakfast at home. ~ Food Research & Action Center
• Using a representative sample of 22,000 kindergarten/first graders, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers demonstrated that receiving a school lunch is associated with an increase in math and reading scores; the improvement was most significant for boys’ reading scores. ~ The Institute on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
• Children with poor diets may also have a more difficult time fighting off infections, causing them to have higher rates of illness. This can interrupt school attendance, which often contributes to lower academic performance and impaired academic development. ~ LiveStrong. com
• Federal law requires schools to receive two health inspections a year. These inspections are conducted by state or local health departments.
• School cafeteria managers in Texas are certified food handlers by the Texas Dept. of Human Services.
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