Study: Packed school lunches need to be more nutritious

A number of kids packing school lunches aren't getting much nutrition.

That's according to a new study released by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The study shows lunches don't often include fruits, vegetables, and other healthy options.

Instead, kids are consuming snack foods and sugary drinks.

“Put at least a few options in there that you know is going to fuel them because when you're just putting these snack packs in, pretzels, chips, all of the easy, convenient foods they may enjoy it, but they're going to crash partially through the day,” said Jennifer Willoughby of the Cleveland Clinic.

Researchers at Tufts University found that only 27 percent of students met standards set by the federal government's national school lunch program. Those standards include fruit, vegetables, grains, a protein source, and milk.

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