Effects of Schools’ Push for Healthy Eating Unclear
Studies suggest efforts may not help overweight children become less fat.
Melanie Konarik heard the warnings from her school “lunch ladies”: the students at the Texas district where she serves as the director of child nutrition would never go for fat-free milk and whole-wheat rolls.
But with little fuss, the children of the 31,300-student Spring school district, near Houston, took to the healthier options, along with chef salads, pizza with lowfat cheese, and eggrolls that are baked instead of fried. The gratifying change reminded Ms. Konarik of why she switched, early in her career, to working with children instead of adults.
“This was a field where I thought I could make...
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