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Food for thought in schools' menu
School meals
Nutrition experts have helped compile the new menus
The food served to children at Coventry primary schools should be healthier from Monday.

The city council has introduced a new menu which includes vegetables with all main dishes and the removal of items high in salt, fat and sugar.

It has been put together with the guidance of a nutritionist to produce healthier primary school menus in accordance with government guidelines.

Three menu choices are offered daily, with a choice of dessert and a drink.

Catering manager Michael Hull said: "We've taken out some of the items which are high in salt, fat and sugar, such as Turkey Twizzlers and mushy peas.

"We've increased the incidence of healthy items such as jacket potatoes, rice and pasta with the aim of making sure the children get a healthier, more balanced diet."

Councillor Kevin Foster, Cabinet Member for City Services said, "This new menu is a key part of ensuring local children get the quality of food they have a right to expect."

The new menu follows a conference in March held by the city council and Coventry NHS Teaching Primary Care Trust.

Catering, teaching and other professionals considered how best to offer healthier food choices throughout the school day.


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