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School lunches have kids asking: Zucchini Sticks?

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

As the school year begins, some significant changes are coming to your child's lunch tray.  This year lunches will be required to be healthier.

It's all part of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act introduced by First Lady Michelle Obama.

"I think she wants more consistent across the board so all schools were serving the same healthy diets to all kids," said Heather Bathen, Food Services Director for the Waterloo Community School District.

Bathen says they implemented these healthy food choices last year in the Waterloo schools.

"So far so good," Bathen said.

This year for all schools across the nation, school lunches mean more vegetables and fruit, whole wheat grains, and less sodium.

"Give the kids more choices with more choices, with vegetables and fruits to expose them to those and to limit the grains," said Bathen.

These healthy choices aren't staying in the lunch rooms, the goal is to help these students make healthy choices at home.

Bathen says the younger students are having the best reaction to the new foods.

"Because they don't know, they aren't set in their patterns. Middle and high school they are like, 'Zucchini sticks, what's that?' This group they are willing to try it at least," said Bathen.

The government is assisting with the cost of these new lunches. They are providing six cents per meal.

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