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Developing an Appetite for Healthier Meals in Kansas Schools

Students at Liberal High School are allowed to take as much fruit and vegetables as they’d like from the school’s salad bar. (Photo: Bryan Thompson)

School lunch has long been a target of jokes. Those jokes turned to complaints from students and parents in 2012 when new nutrition standards mandated by Congress took effect. But in the years since, some schools have succeeded in getting kids to eat — if not fully appreciate — the healthier meals and snacks mandated by the requirements. Heartland Health Monitor’s Bryan Thompson revisits the initial controversy and takes us to a Kansas school that is among the success stories. 

Bryan Thompson is a reporter for the KHI News Service in Topeka. He's also a contributor to Heartland Health Monitor, a reporting collaboration focused on health issues and their impact in Kansas and Missouri. The partners, including Kansas Public Radio and the KHI News Service — strive to bring listeners and readers timely, accurate and comprehensive coverage of health and health-related issues.  

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