Low Sugar in Boonville
Boonville students' plates will soon be filled with healthier foods. The Boonville School District is taking a deeper look at how healthy all of its food options are.
"We need to move off of some of the candy bars and chips and items that we have in our vending machines and in our alacarte, Little Debbie snacks, Twinkies, Hostess, cupcakes, those type of things, and start offering more fresh fruit, 100 percent juices," explained Boonville Superintendent Mark Ficken.
Ficken says change is necessary: "We're not very healthy eaters as kids and parents don't always make our kids make good choices."
Currently students at Boonville's LSE Middle School can only access these soda machines right after their 25 minute lunch period. However, if the district goes forward in making some changes in the food plan, they may not be able to access them until the end of the day.
Most schools in mid-Missouri follow the Missouri Eat Smart Guidelines. And it's not just Boonville considering a change.
"We definitely know that most are at the minimum for sure; we have some doing intermediate and we have some doing advanced for sure," Karen Wooten from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. "All schools are going to move this direction over time, and we just wanted to go ahead and get things rolling."
The changes will not eliminate junk foods, but will allow students to have more healthy options. Officials will be looking through all of their menu items to see which foods meet a specific level of fat and sugar. District officials will keep 50 percent of the unhealthy foods and replace 50 percent.
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