Back to School: Preparing school lunches

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The day before students in the Wichita school district go back to school, nutrition service workers are busy preparing meals to serve them.

This department, a vital part of Wichita Public Schools, makes well-balanced meals that comply with federal, state and local district regulations.

Employees evaluate 11 nutrients including calories, protein, and minerals.

In addition to preparing meals for K-12 breakfast and lunch programs, the workers also operate after school care snacks, and meals for pre-kindergarteners and child development centers.

Nutrition services offers breakfast to all schools but lots of kids refuse that first meal of the day.

Via Christi pediatrician Dr. Amy Seery says that could be because the students haven't gotten enough sleep.

"A lot of teenagers will complain that they don't feel hungry or feel nauseous in the morning, and we actually know that is related to insufficient sleep," says Dr. Seery. "So if you have a child who refuses to have breakfast in the morning, try advancing their bedtime a little bit and then they'll be more rested and hopefully more ready to actually eat something."