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Johnson County schools implement lunch changes

By: Matthew Rand Email
By: Matthew Rand Email

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Like many school districts across the country, Johnson County schools have adopted a healthier lunch menu, in line with USDA standards established in the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.

"We're offering a lot more whole grain items. We're also offering all of the milk in our meals has to be one percent or less," said food services director Marsha Young.

More fruits and vegetables are being offered, as well as low-fat, low-sodium items.

Students are provided breakfast every day, and all meals are free.

School officials say the idea is to get students eating healthier at a younger age.

"It's easier at the younger standpoint to get them going, but as they get older their dietary habits are already established and so it's much more difficult to get them to change," said Young.

Administrators say the transition to healthier menu items has been smooth overall, although not everyone is happy about it.

"They're used to larger portion sizes so obviously having portion sizes that are a little bit smaller takes some adjustment but really it's not been a big issue," said Johnson Central Principal Noel Crum.

Officials say students and parents are taking to the changes well, and understand why they were made.

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