SPHS students have healthy food choices

November 19, 2004
Santa Paula High School

Students in the Santa Paula Union High School District will have more healthy foods to choose from in the cafeteria and snack bar lines.

Students in the Santa Paula Union High School District will have more healthy foods to choose from in the cafeteria and snack bar lines. "It will be up to the district to educate our students on the importance of healthy food choices and to give them healthier entrees and a la carte items to choose from," stated Francine Torrigiani, assistant superintendent of business and classified personnel.The cafeteria no longer serves sugary carbonated beverages. A year ago they were replaced with fruit juices, non-carbonated sport drinks and bottled water.Since the cafeteria is not large enough to provide a self-serve salad bar, the cafeteria staff is busy preparing fresh salads. They are slowly introducing fresh "salads-to-go," such as chefís salad, chicken taco salad and shaker salads. A "salad-to-go" is perfect for a quick grab-and-go lunch. It is a full meal that helps students in a hurry pick a well-balanced, low-fat item that, when combined with bread/crackers and low-fat milk, provides a healthier choice. Also, raw vegetables and cut fruit will be additional side dish items for students to choose from.Even though individual pizzas are the preference of the student body, the district plans to introduce new entrees such as turkey and lettuce sandwiches and bean burritos.
The district continues to impose stricter nutritional standards, but acknowledges that "We canít control what they eat at home, but we will try to educate each student on nutritional value and making better choices, and perhaps that will lead the student to make better choices when home."A food cart is now available to students on center court during the lunch hour. Even though a limited number of items are being sold from the cart, students have taken advantage of the food cart, which in turn has lessened the lines at the snack bar.Cathy Kleinhans, food service manager, stated, "Itís time to change and we are making changes."



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