Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand!
The Nutrition Services department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.
We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.
We hope that this site provides you with information and resources regarding our lunch program. Nutrition plays a vital role in our program as well as the lives of the children we are serving, so nutritional and allergen information of the foods served are now available to you via our website. We encourage you to explore the site and utilize all the resources available.
Working in the field of nutrition and food service has been my desire since I was in the 8th grade, and as the Director of Food & Nutrition Services for Arlington Heights School District 25, I am able to live the best of both worlds. My passion is to educate students on how to eat right but also how to enjoy the food that will provide them with the nutrition they need to do well in school. Our menu at AHSD25 is aimed to guide children into making the healthy choice at lunchtime so that they can eventually bring that healthy mindset into the world outside of the cafeteria.
School meals are healthy meals that meet science-based, federal nutrition standards requiring schools to offer the right balance of fruits, vegetables, milk, whole grains and lean proteins with every meal.
Recently undated federal nutrition standards require schools to offer more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, while limiting the calories, fat and sodium in school meals.
o No more than 10 percent of calories can come from saturated fat and schools must eliminate added trans-fat.
o School cafeterias must meet calorie limits and gradually reduce sodium in school meals.
o All grains offered in the cafeteria must be whole-grain rich.
o Schools must offer larger servings of vegetables and fruit with every school meal, and children must take at least one serving.
o Cafeterias must offer a wide variety of vegetables, including at least a weekly serving of dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes.
o Milk must be fat-free or 1% (flavored milk must be fat-free).
Under the Smart Snacks in School rule, which took effect in July 2014, items sold in school vending machines, snack bars and a la carte lines also meet new nutrition standards, limiting portion size, calories, fat, sugar and sodium. These standards do not apply to food that students bring from home.
My staff and I want you to know that your children are in very caring and passionate hands at lunchtime. We all come to work with smiles on our faces knowing that we can positively influence a student’s eating habits. We always make decisions with the betterment of the students’ well being in mind. I am an open door so please feel free to contact me via phone or email with any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your support!
Colleta Hines-Newell, SNS – Director of Food Services