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Students shun health foods: Survey finds pizza, chicken nuggets among most popular meals

William Ferchland

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune / South Tahoe High School student Gilbert Aguirre snacks on a bag of Doritos at lunchtime Monday afternoon.

An American Federation of Teachers survey found 60 percent of the nation’s schools are selling prepackaged snacks as healthy options are shunned by students.

“The three basic food groups should not be sugar, salt and grease,” said AFT vice president Lorretta Johnson. “Our members are very frustrated. More needs to be done to limit snack foods in school cafeterias. This is an important health issue and schools can help develop healthy eating habits.”

The survey went on to state the two most popular entrees were pizza and chicken nuggets. The least likable food offerings were fish and vegetables.

Chips and pizza are available at the cafeteria at South Tahoe High School. Junior Sarah Spencer, who eats at the cafeteria every day, said she would like healthier food such as salads to be more of a staple at the cafeteria.

“I like the vending machine but I wish they had more selection at the cafeteria every day,” she said.

In June the district raised the price of lunch and milk to combat the increased cost of dairy products and to offer entree choices, more whole- and part-grain breads and fresh produce.

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Food Service Manager Shelley Giannotta could not be reached for comment.

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