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New nutrition standards in effect in all Minnesota school districts

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EYOTA, Minn. (KTTC) -- New nutrition standards are now in effect in all Minnesota school districts, and that could mean changes for what's on the menu and how it's prepared.

The new standards call for less sodium and more whole grains and fruits and vegetables. The requirements issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture also call for healthier snacks and drinks in school vending machines and snack bars. But school officials at Dover-Eyota High School said students will not notice much of a change from last year's lunch menu. The Dover-Eyota School District has been transitioning to healthier lunch options, and even buys its food locally. The school also grows its own apples on the school grounds for a healthy snack alternative for school lunches.

"The students will come out and they will harvest the apple, and it will go into the lunch room. (bites apple) Very good," said Carrie Frank, food and nutrition director for the Dover-Eyota School District.

Students have the option to go online and look at pictures of the food being offered, and review the nutritional values of each item. The Dover-Eyota School District also has signs posted inside the cafeteria to show students what foods are recommended for a healthy daily diet.

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