CPS, always mindful of serving healthy meals, crafted its Wellness Policy with input from our nutritionists with the district's Food Services Department and from parents and community members. It sets nutrition standards for all food sold in schools during the school day.
Some of the changes, reflected on menus since August 2006, include serving only baked french fries, offering more varieties of salads and changing recipes to use healthier ingredients.
District policies cover vending machines too. All vending machines not operated by Food Services must be set on timers for vending only after the school day. All food and beverages sold in school vending machines and school stores must be in compliance with the district's nutritional guidelines.
Cincinnati Public Schools has adopted the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's School Beverage and Competitive Food Guidelines to help combat childhood obesity, a problem that affects one in three kids and teens in the U.S.
The district is committed to improving the nutritional quality of school snack foods and beverages by providing more nutritious options with fewer calories in cafeterias, school stores, snack carts and vending machines during and after the school day.
School stores and vending machines offer only age-appropriate portion sizes that limit total calories.