Students at an urban school district in Washington state ate healthier lunches after, and participation in the lunch program remained steady, a new study finds.
Authors of the study, published this month in JAMA Pediatrics, examined 1.7 million lunches at three middle schools and three high schools in the unnamed district between 2011 and 2014.
The authors, from the Center for Public Nutrition at the University of Washington, found school lunches prepared after the standards were implemented had higher levels of six nutrients—calcium, vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, fiber, and protein and fewer calories per gram of food. They did not study whether students actually consumed the foods.
A version of this article appeared in the January 20, 2016 edition of Education Week as School Lunches