ERIC Number: ED425853
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Oregon's Food Pyramid Choice Menus: Do Lunches as Offered to, and Selected, and Consumed by Third Graders Meet Current USDA Nutrition Standards?
Oregon's Food Pyramid Choice Menus (FPCM) require that participating elementary schools offer three to seven entrees, at least two types of milk, and six to ten fruits and vegetables, as well as three or more types of grain products in a variety bar daily. The study discussed in this report was designed to answer two questions: (1) do the menus, as planned for third graders, meet the energy and nutrient requirements specified in 1995 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations; and (2) what are the energy content and nutrient content of the FPCM selected and eaten by third-graders? Findings indicate that elementary school lunches planned under the FPCM system succeed in, or very closely approach, meeting all 1995 USDA standards for the energy and nutrient content of elementary school lunches. Although the FPCM system succeeds, in large part, in serving meals that meet those standards, third-graders appear to be willing to eat only about 70 percent of the food offered. The report recommends implementing the FPCM system statewide and suggests providing menu guidelines and staff training, along with nutrition education for children to help schools serve and children eat lunches somewhat lower in fat and higher in iron than they currently do. The report notes that schools could also benefit from reviewing their menus for fiber and sodium content. Includes three appendices: (1) "List of Schools in Each Food Service Category"; (2) "Samples of Forms for Collecting Question 1 Data"; and (3) "Sample of Forms for Collecting Question 2 Data." (LPP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Sponsor: Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem. Child Nutrition Div.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oregon