Tenn. schools work toward healthier lunches

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- School cafeteria workers from all over Tennessee are learning how to make healthier entrees for students when they return for classes in the fall.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that workers met this month at four different schools in Chattanooga for a Back to Basics program that taught workers how to cook made-from-scratch recipes instead of processed food such as chicken nuggets. The two-day program was a precursor to the School Nutrition Association conference that was also held in the city.

Child nutritionist Cyndie Story of Scottsville, Ky., who led the class, told participants that it would allow students "to choose healthy food options that they may not have at home."

April Burkhart, who manages the cafeteria at Orchard Knob Elementary in Chattanooga, says a colorful variety of food makes students more inclined to try it.


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