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August 24, 2012

Beginning this year, the federal Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act requires schools across the country to serve meals with more fresh fruits, more vegetables and whole grains, while reducing sodium and fat. It's estimated that 60 percent of California schools fall short of meeting the new regulations.

The latest multimedia documentary from Capital Public Radio explores schools around our region that are creating new menus, juggling budgets and cooking up innovative ways to convince kids to eat their vegetables. It's a tall order, with cultural, bureaucratic and  historical hurdles.

Hosted by Beth Ruyak. Reported by Steve Milne, Marianne Russ and Elaine Corn.


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Lunch Able

With the support of a school lunch booster club, Davis Joint Unified School District has become a regional leader in school nutrition.

Building a Better Cookie

1st and 3rd graders at award-winning Elk Grove Unified School District give thumbs up to menus that meet California's SB-12 nutrition requirements.

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Funding for this documentary provided by:

Journalism Award:

Production Team

Beth Ruyak

Scott Collard

Joe Barr
Executive Producer

Steve Milne
Reporter/ Producer

Marianne Russ
Reporter/ Producer

Elaine Corn
Reporter/ Producer

Catherine Stifter
Editor/ Producer

Paul Conley
Production Supervisor

Alan Ray

Al Gibes
Web Editor

Andrew Nixon
Multimedia Producer

Veronika Nagy
Web Designer

Joseph Yeshewas


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