By Wyatt Goolsby
ODESSA - Back to School Means back to the school cafeteria. NewsWest 9 went to the cafeteria of Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary in Odessa to find out just what is offered in the lunch lines. And how the school district is trying to get a little more healthy.
Cafeterias in West Texas Schools were full Monday with kids getting their food from the lunch lines or bringing lunch from home. But LBJ elementary in Odessa is seeing the changes ECISD is making with their food service.
"Well this year we've implemented a few changes, with the number one being we have barcodes printed with all the students' identification numbers. So now they don't have to come through the lines and enter in a number, they just scan it and go, which has made the lines go a lot smoother this year," said Michelle Weaver, a registered dietitian with ECISD.
Other major changes are with ECISD's Lunch Menu. Officials said they have lowered the fat level of a lot of their foods.
"We have no foods that are more than 23 grams of fat in them, and we've also dropped the snack bar programs where the saturated fat and the total fat is dropped in those products," explained Weaver.
In addition, the school district tries to let parents know about eating healthy foods if they pack their child's lunch. One parent we talked to, Yvonne Owen, said she keeps nutrition in mind when she packs her daughter's lunch.
"Normally, she'll bring her lunch, doesn't really care for the cafeteria food, but she'll bring her lunch you know, so I try to send her good things, usually she has sandwiches, a vegetable snack, and then a small desert," explained Owen.
And officials said making sure snacks don't have that much fat is a good idea.
"Add fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, sliced cucumbers, carrot slices," said Weaver.
Officials with ECISD also said a great website to look at for information about nutrition in Texas Schools is www.squaremeals.org.