Nacho Lunch Anymore

Chicago Public Schools elminates fatty-foods from menu

By Jenel Nels
|  Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010  |  Updated 9:24 AM CDT
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Chicago Public Schools plans to trim the fat on its menu.

The district will eliminate donuts and Pop-Tarts from its food offerings at the end of the school year in an effort to move toward more nutritional choices, according to the Chicago Tribune.

It also plans to limit nacho service to once a week in high schools and once a month in elementary schools.

“The process to expand healthier options started two years ago when we started with removing the use of fryers in all schools, introduction of fresh fruit daily, etc…” said Monique Bond, spokeswoman for CPS, in an e-mail to the Tribune.

Other changes to the menu will also include cutting back on sugary foods, like some cereals and treats.

Chicago leads the nation in childhood obesity, according to the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children.

The CPS menu changes follow a series of Chicago Tribune reports detailing the food options available for students. The paper visited CPS cafeterias and noted as children carried trays of nachos, tater tots and chocolate milk to their seats.

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