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Poll shows Kentucky parents are satisfied with changes made in school food programs

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Changes have been made at schools across the country in the past few years to ensure kids have healthy food and snacks. Changes have been made at schools across the country in the past few years to ensure kids have healthy food and snacks.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A third of the children nationwide are considered obese and health officials want to lower the numbers, so changes have been made at schools across the country in the past few years to ensure kids have healthy food and snacks. 

In a new poll by the Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project, many Kentucky parents say they're happy with the changes.

About 75 percent of parents support the National School Lunch Program's enhanced nutritional guidelines that have been in place for three years and 70 percent support federal rules put in place last year to regulate food and drinks sold in vending machines and in the cafeteria.

Almost all of the parents agreed that serving nutritious foods helps ensure kids are eating healthy, and are prepared to learn in the classroom.

"Good nutrition improves education performance, increases IQ, strengthens the immune system, and leads to an overall sense of well-being," said Dr. Erin Frazier with Kosair Children's Hospital. More than 700 people in Kentucky were polled using a sample of registered voters in Kentucky, including an oversampling of parents with children in public schools

"As a mom, it's just really nice to know when my kids go to school they are getting good and healthy options which I can then support at home," said Liza Holland with the Kentucky PTA.

The study also showed a majority of the parents polled would like to see schools offer more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

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