Only on 4: Registered Dietitian Reviews School Lunches in Three Counties

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Updated: 3/20/2014 2:07 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. ( & KRNV) --A registered dietitian at Carson Tahoe Medical Center reviewed school lunches served in Washoe and Douglas Counties and Carson City to see if the lunches served met nutritional guidelines set back in 2010.

After a thorough review, Registered Dietitian Renee Bauer found that all lunches served at elementary, middle and high school in those counties did in fact meet nutritional guidelines set by the "Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Acts" back in 2010.

Bauer admits she was a little surprised by her findings, especially when it came to lunches served in high schools. She says every item on the menu did not contain any trans fat and also met required sodium levels.

"There's a big push to make school lunches more healthy because so many families rely on them. The guidelines are just going to get stricter so the more we talk about it the more the community is going to be aware. If you're not happy with the school lunches, go to the school, have your kids tell you they aren't happy," says Bauer.

She says in the past four years, the nutritional value of lunches have really improved especially when it comes to fruits, vegetables and whole grains. 

Bauer believes these nutritional guidelines will have a huge impact on future generations especially if parents are engaged with their students about what they're eating at school.
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