More than 83 percent of Mississippi school districts are meeting federal regulations for healthy lunches, according to the most recent survey of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As of the time of the survey, Mississippi had the second-best performance in the nation.
This state's schools have reduced or eliminated fried foods and sugar-laden soft drinks, and increased their servings of fruits and vegetables. The hope is that not only will students consume fewer calories at school, but they will learn healthy eating habits to carry over to the home.
That's the only way to beat obesity. A healthy lifestyle has to become the norm everywhere.
— Greenwood Commonwealth