What’s in Your Lunchbox? Healthy Snacks Give Kids Needed Boost

by Prudence Athearn Levy, MS, RD, LD
Vineyard Gazette
September 25th, 2013 
I love fall, from the beautiful weather to the change in routines, with schedules a little more ordered and the kids back in school. But with back to school also comes the annual school lunch challenge. Parents and kids have a choice: buy lunch in school or pack a homemade lunch.
We are very fortunate here on the Island to have fresh local foods offered in our school cafeterias, thanks to the efforts of Island Grown Schools, talented school chefs and programs and grants designed to teach kids how to grow, prepare and love the wholesome. As part of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, national school lunch guidelines have recently gotten a makeover, with public schools mandated to serve more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and less saturated fat, trans-fat, sodium and added sugar.  
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