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Healthy School Lunches

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LINDALE (KYTX)- Michelle Obama is back in Congress this week to once again push for healthy lunches.

CBS 19 explores what one school district is doing to keep students eating well.

The push for healthy lunches is not new to Washington, but recently some members of Congress have asked to relax the standards.

 "The last thing we can afford to do right now is to play politics with our kids' health, especially when we're finally starting to see some progress on this issue," says First Lady Michelle Obama.

Though Congress is discussing the issue, healthy food alternatives at College Street Elementary in Lindale are not going away.

"Lunch and snacks are such an important part of their day and for a lot of them, the best part of their day. With those snacks, they have to follow a healthy choice guideline and then in lunches we try to offer a variety of choices for them to choose from," says Principal Jodie Albritton.

Parents like Lisa Hodde say the healthy options like green beans and applesauce will teach kids to always make healthy choices.

"The choices that they learn now and make now and the choices they are given at school are going to help them through their lifetime to make good choices for their food and their exercise and it all goes hand in hand," says Hodde.

Doctors say it's not only important to make healthy food choices when going through the line, but drink choices are just as important.

"I'd love to see families save a few dollars and keep the kids bodies and teeth healthier just by sticking with white milk and water," says Dr. Danny Price.

Along with the national regulations, the state of Texas also provides regulations for healthy lunches. 

Obama's initiative recognizes districts that are doing a good job with healthy alternatives. No districts in East Texas made the list.

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