MCPS Lunch Program Earns B+ for Healthy Menus

August 14, 2007
MCPS School Lunches Earn a B+ from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

A report released today (August 14) by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) gave the school lunch program in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) a B+ for providing healthy food options and promoting children’s health.

PCRM evaluated 22 elementary school lunch programs from the top 100 largest districts in the United States. A team of dietitians graded the programs on criteria in three categories: obesity and chronic disease prevention, health promotion and nutrition adequacy, and nutrition initiatives. The annual school lunch review, which began in 2001, documents changes and improvements in the types of foods offered in schools and rewards the availability of low-fat, plant-based menu offerings.

According to the report, MCPS boosted its score from a B– last year to a B+ this year by increasing the number of fresh fruit and low-fat vegetable side dish offerings. MCPS also was recognized for nutrition education provided on school menus that are sent home with students, wellness information on the web site, and instructional television productions focusing on the importance of good food choices and exercise.

The complete report is at the link below.

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