Health & Nutrition
CCSD ENCOURAGES GOOD NUTRITION FOR OUR STUDENTS
Clark County School District has adopted a stringent nutrition policy, outlined in CCSD Regulation 5157: Food and Beverage Sales, in an effort to provide the best nutrition for our children. The following is an excerpt from that regulation:
Clark County School District is committed to providing an environment in which students can make healthy food choices that support academic success and lifelong health. Research has found a clear connection between good nutrition and student achievement, and schools that have implemented healthy food programs report fewer behavior problems.
Studies show that good nutrition increases student achievement. Clark County School District demonstrates their support of good nutrition by offering school meals of high nutritional quality. Did you know that our school lunches provide at least 1/3 of the daily requirements for your student? This includes: calories, protein, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, and fiber. The fat content is kept below 30% calories from fat and below 10% calories from saturated fat and 0% trans fat. They are also low in cholesterol and sodium. Our motto is "Fuel for Student Achievement" and we take it very seriously.
Clark County School District created the CCSD Student Wellness Regulation 5157 in 2006. This governs the food served in cafeterias, student stores, vending machines as well as foods used for fundraising during the school day and 30 minutes before and after the first and last bell. The CCSD Food Service Department follows this regulation when planning menus for students. The ultimate goal is to positively impact how children think about food and create better lifelong eating habits.
Studies have shown that students who eat lunch at school consume fewer calories from fat and that school lunches contain twice as much fruit and vegetables than those lunches brought from home. Also, school lunch is a far healthier choice than those meals purchased in restaurants. Check out the comparison of a typical lunch menu with a restaurant meal below!
Elementary Nutrition Comparison
School Lunch Chicken Nuggets (5)
Deli Roast Potatoes
Fresh Whole Apple
|630||18 grams||790mg||23 grams|
Restaurant Chicken Nuggets (4)
French Fries (Kids Portion)
Chocolate Chip Cookie
|882||44 grams||1,427 mg||22 grams|
The CCSD school lunch provides the proper amount of calories and protein for the elementary student and is low in fat and sodium. In comparison, the restaurant lunch will provide too many calories for the student and may cause him or her to gain an extra 10 pounds over the course of one school year. Also, 45% of the calories come from fat and the sodium content in 2/3 of what should be consumed for an entire day.
Secondary Nutrition Comparison
School Lunch Take Out Pizza
Side Salad w/Low Fat Ranch
Chilled Pineapple Tidbits
Low Fat Brownie
8 oz. 1% Milk
|848||16 grams||946 mg||23 grams|
Restaurant Take Out Pizza
Side Salad w/Low Fat Ranch
16 oz. Soda
|610||20 grams||1,360 mg||15 grams|
The CCSD school lunch provides the proper amount of calories and protein for the secondary student and is low in fat and sodium. In comparison, the restaurant lunch wil provide fewer calories than required by an adolescent and is high in sodium. This can leave him or her hungry in a couple of hours and reaching for the nearest high sugar or high fat snack to make it through the afternoon. The high sodium content increases thirst so another soda sounds like a great idea furnishin more empty calories.
CCSD strives to provide lunches that contain fresh ingredients with as few preservatives as possible. All combo lunches are available to every child, whether full pay or eligible for free or reduced meals. There is no distinction made. Our computerized cafeteria management system does not identify a student's classification to protect the student's privacy.
To determine what CCSD students like to eat, CCSD Food Service Department conducts taste tests in a variety of school before introducing a new item to the menu. Only foods that meet our nutritional guidelines are tested so if they pass the taste test, they find their way onto our menus. We also try to introduce new items periodically to keep the menus fresh. Take a look at our menus (they are available for viewing on this website) and give school meals a try.
CCSD meals are a great value and less expensive than the restaurant meals!