The problem of obesity is linked both to the kind of foods kids eat and the volume they consume, she said.
However, she said the calorie limits have been a challenge at some schools. While football players who practice after school may need more calories than the school lunch can give, Thornton said not everyone at school is a middle linebacker.
School boosters and others can help provide healthy snacks football players need so they will have the calories they need for practice, she said.
Thornton said she witnessed kids enjoying eating the expanding servings of fruits and vegetables available during school lunches.
“From a child eating kiwi they have never tasted, to another first grade saying he loved those little trees - and broccoli is what he liked,” she said Sept. 14. Thornton said the offer versus serve option for schools allow kids to take less than the full recommended measure of fruits and vegetables, and some schools have actually reported less waste compared with the old standards, she said.