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Amarillo and Canyon Schools Get Healthier

Amarillo Independent School Districts Food Service Director Brent Hoover says their vending machines are undergoing a complete overhaul. Amarillo Independent School Districts Food Service Director Brent Hoover says their vending machines are undergoing a complete overhaul.

There will be healthier meal choices for local students this year. 

The Canyon and Amarillo Independent School Districts hope to combat the childhood obesity epidemic. Both school districts have eliminated trans fat from their meals and have added something new.

Ken Robinson, Nutrition Director of the Canyon Independent School District says "This year we are incorporating more wheat, bread items, wheat tortillas, wheat rolls."  Robinson adds that "...the goal is to keep food tasty and healthy." Foods like corn dogs will have a turkey frank instead of an all beef frank which reduces the fat content significantly.

Cafeteria workers at Tascosa High School say they see students are making better choices, choosing things like sandwiches, fruits and salads."

Amarillo Independent School Districts Food Service Director Brent Hoover says their vending machines are undergoing a complete overhaul.  All fried chips and sodas will be removed and replaced with healthier items.

"We're not just looking at size but what's in the package and it goes by calories, percentage of fat. Whether it saturated fats or sugars so we're reducing the content of those items."

Hoover adds that the beverage sizes will be reduced from 20 ounces to 12 ounces and fried foods will no longer be served in Amarillo schools.

 

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