Feeding kids healthier meals at school has been a major uphill battle for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). First of all, it took a whopping 15 years for the USDA to even kick off healthier changes to school lunches. Then, once the healthy changes were implemented, kids, along with their parents rebelled, fighting to get the less healthy school lunches back, including the infamous pink slime burgers. What a mess! However, some good news has arrived via a new just-released study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The new study found that a full 70% of elementary school leaders nationwide say that their students like the healthier school lunches. Respondents to the survey said that while initially kids did complain about the new healthier food choices being served in schools  in fall of 2012, far fewer students were complaining by spring of 2013 and very few kids were discarding their meals. This new widespread acceptance of healthier school lunches isn’t just good news for kids, schools and the USDA, but parents can learn a little something here too. We all know kids can be picky eaters, but that doesn’t mean we should give up on serving healthy food. Kids can take a long time to grow accustomed to new foods. If you’ve got a picky eater, keep on keeping on and your hard work will pay off. Take a look at the following articles to learn more:

+ Studies Find Widespread Student Acceptance of New Healthier School Lunches

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