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Kids, say goodbye to white bread, tater tots, limp bowls of iceberg lettuce and other school lunch staples of yesteryear. New federal lunch guidelines went into effect this school year, requiring school districts to design lunch menus with a greater emphasis on fruits and vegetables, fiber rich whole grains and smaller portions. La Crosse School Nutrionist, Joni Ralph, says more fruits and veggies are coming too.
Unveiled in January by first lady Michelle Obama and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the new National School Lunch standards represent the first federally mandated changes to school lunches in more than 15 years.
They're almost halfway to the goal already...
The Great Rivers United Way has collected nearly 900-thousand dollars toward the goal of two million, 50-thousand dollars for its 2012 fall campaign. The early funds were raised through a Pacesetter campaign. United Way president James Falvey wants to remind potential donors that some families are not as well off as others:
Twenty-nine service groups receive funds in the local United Way district that covers five counties.
Here's a sure sign of fall...another United Way campaign has begun in La Crosse.
People who do a lot of biking and walking in La Crosse probably have a wish list of things that would make it easier and safer to get around. Some of those things might be in the plan getting presented at the Radisson tonight. The city's bike and pedestrian is in its final form and Tim Keneipp, on the committee that developed the plan, says it's a start towards fulfilling wishes
The city council would have to approve the bike and pedestrian plan which contains, among other things, lots of new paved trails and bike lanes. Presentation is between 6 and 8 tonight in the Radisson ballroom.