POSTED: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 5:24pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 5:29pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture does their best to provide schools with proper nutrition, but the Texas Farm Bureau reports, it's not the USDA's job to make sure kids eat healthfully at school to help the child obesity problems.
Agriculture experts say, it's the parents job to make sure kids are eating healthfully.
Licensed Dietitian, Sara Upson of My Signature Nutrition tell us nutrition does start in the home
"It starts with parents modeling healthy eating, and it also starts with parents being involved with what their kids are eating school," says Upson.
KETK discussed this report with the Food Services Director, Victor Olivares with Tyler ISD. Olivares tells us, the USDA has been actively involved with schools focusing on taking out junk food and serving healthy school lunches.
"Things like dark greens, red-orange vegetables, been legumes, starchies, we have a lot of different cup sizes we have to offer per week," says Olivares.
Olivares says, he hopes kids get used to eating like this at school.
"So at home if parents can take a look at what the menus are offering during the school day," says Olivares.
"It's not the school's responsibility, it's your responsibility to ask your kids what did you have for lunch today did you eat lunch today did you spend the money i sent to school with you on lunch or did you buy or did you buy something else," says Upson.
Olivares also adds you have to continue eating a certain way in order to get used to it.