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Date:8/3/2009

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Children who eat nutritious foods do better in school, but coming up with healthy back-to-school lunch ideas that children will actually eat can be a challenge for many parents.

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A healthy school lunch, whether prepared at home or purchased from the school cafeteria, combines nutrient-rich foods from several food groups to supply protein, fat and carbohydrates to sustain energy and concentration for several hours. The key is to balance nutrition with your children's personal taste by getting them involved in the back-to-school lunch-preparation processes to reduce food waste.

"You can pack a nutritionally balanced lunch, but if your child doesn't eat it, it's going to waste," said Andrea Garen, M.A., R.D., and Project Manager with Dairy Council of California. "At home or at school, children who help select and prepare their meals are more likely to actually eat them. It's a simple and effective way to make sure your children get the energy they need to learn and the nutrition that keeps them healthy, while preventing food from going to waste."

Meals Matter, www.mealsmatter.org, is a free meal-planning and nutrition website that offers a number of back-to-school lunch ideas, meal-planning tools and tips to reduce food waste at lunchtime. Some simple tips include
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