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Published August 20, 2012, 03:58 PM

Devils Lake Public Schools to Make Healthier Lunches

When Devils Lake students return to school next week, they'll see a few more fruits and veggies on their lunch tray.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

When Devils Lake students return to school next week, they'll see a few more fruits and veggies on their lunch tray.

Devils Lake Public Schools is making their lunches healthier.

It's part of a USDA mandate to improve nutrition in school meals. Meals will have less meat in them and more fresh fruits and vegetables. All bread is required to be whole grain and there are new limits to how many calories there can be in a meal.

Superintendent Scott Privratsky says the change is an opportunity to develop healthy habits in children. The new meals will not only be healthier but also offer more variety.

Privatsky: "Include the offering of more fruits and vegetables and specific types of vegetables have to be offered each week so many times. So many dark greens, so many orange or red vegetables every week. It's going to be more interesting but it'll be much healthier for the students."

Despite adding more expensive fresh fruit and vegetables to lunches Privratsky says meal prices will only rise five cents for students.

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