Students at Jennings County High School were surprised when they went through the lunch lines on the first day of school.
Instead of receiving a cookie with their a la carte lunch, they got the choice of a fruit or vegetable. The cookie now costs an extra 25 cents and is only available every other day. Students also likely noticed the absence of a salt shaker at the end of the lunch line.
These changes are the result of government-subsidized school lunch regulations made by the Obama administration in order to fight childhood obesity, a increasingly common problem.
The new rules add more fruits and green vegetables and reduce the amount of salt and fat in school lunches. Though many highly approve of the new regulations, some students and workers are more skeptical.
Head lunch lady Linda Allen said that while she hopes for the best, “it is too soon to tell” whether this plan will actually make students healthier. She said it will give students an opportunity to try new and healthier foods that they may find they enjoy.
There are doubters among students, however.
“If a select few make bad choices, the whole school shouldn’t have to suffer,” said junior Megan Sherrill. “The idea is good, but the chances of it working are slim.”
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