Chicago public schools to try some healthier menus

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Public school students in Chicago may soon be eating healthier.

CHICAGO (AP) — Public school students in Chicago may soon be eating healthier.

The district has plans to improve menus at about 100 schools in order to compete for a U.S. Agriculture Department healthier schools program.

That may mean pushing hummus sandwiches, and daily offerings of whole grains and a different fruit and vegetable, instead of nachos and fries.

Chicago school officials want to get at least 100 schools eligible for "gold" status in the government program in the next three years. That would mean more federal money, and healthier kids in a district where many are obese.

Board of Education President Mary Richardson-Lowry says the 100 schools are just a start.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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