User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


21° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

 

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Healthbeat

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Keeping School Lunches Out Of The Trash

March 26, 2012, 6:06 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Keeping School Lunches Out Of The Trash
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Kids can be picky eaters, both at the dinner table and the lunchroom table. In fact, the USDA figures about 12 percent of the calories served in school lunch go uneaten.

But one school in Sioux Falls is tracking what foods kids will eat, to make sure they wind up in their stomachs instead of the trash.

O'Gorman Junior High School seventh grader Jarrett Mescher definitely has a list of his favorite school foods. Homestyle chili isn't exactly on his top ten, though.

"Like spaghetti and lasagna; not a lot of people eat that.  But the rest of them a lot of people eat," Mescher said.

"Eating a good meal helps them with their testing and staying focused during class," Carrie Keuser, the Director of Food Services for Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, said.

What may surprise you is that the homemade meals, such as chili, are actually less popular than pre-packaged ones, such as chicken nuggets.

"We definitely see them still throwing things away, whole trays and items," Keuser said.

The staff at O'Gorman Junior High keeps track of that and also gets input directly from the students.

"After about the third time, if it stays low, we'll remove it. There's always a new recipe or product to try," Keuser said.

Some students and staff also get to taste-test those new recipes.  A salad bar was also added this year to help students pick and chose what they want.

"Some kids definitely fill their plate with the fruits and vegetables; others, you see won't take any," Keuser said.

Mescher isn't one of those eaters. In fact, he says food from the salad bar never goes from his tray to the trash.

"A lot of people are eating it, and they're healthy," Mescher said.

USDA studies also show that girls throw away more food than boys. Younger kids also tend to waste more food.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View healthbeat

You may also like

Local Doctors Create Headache Treatment

4/15/2014 6:22 PM

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic, severe headaches on a regular basis.  Local doctors have now teamed up to create technology to diagnos...

Full Story | Watch
Local Eye Care Clinic Creates Viral Video

4/11/2014 12:05 PM

While health care is usually a serious job, the staff at Vance Thompson Vision hopes to provide a few laughs through an online video.

Full Story
Urgent Care Facilities Booming In Western SD

4/13/2014 4:29 PM

The push by health care systems toward urgent care has led to a booming operation of clinics in western South Dakota.

Full Story
Testing For Allergies That Affect Eyes

4/14/2014 6:13 PM

If your eyes are itchy and watery lately, you could already be battling spring allergies.  But it can be difficult to tell whether you're suf...

Full Story | Watch
New Online Mental Health Tool

4/14/2014 10:55 AM

With around one in five people experiencing a mental illness every year, local organizations are joining together to provide help online.

Full Story


Events

 
 
KELOLAND TV: 501 S. Phillips Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605.336.1100 · Breaking News call: 1-800-888-5356
Web Site Design and Custom Programming By: Lawrence & Schiller© 2014 KELO-TV -- KELOLAND.COM -- ALL RIGHTS RESERVED