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New app pushes healthy Hillsborough school lunches

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Hillsborough County wants parents to dig in when it comes to student nutrition.

Hillsborough, along with other districts in Tampa Bay area, signed on to a free app called Nutrislice. It allows moms and dads to see exactly what their kids are getting at school.

"It empowers families with how their children are eating," Ginain Grayes with Student Nutrition Services said.

In the app you can see exactly what your student gets at school. The program lists the meals for the week along with calorie, fat, carbohydrates, sodium, and other counts. There's also a special allergy filter.

The app is just another way to get parents on board with the National School Lunch Program. The program reimburses schools for meals served and gives them access to lower-priced healthy food and produce. After the first year, about 1 percent of schools have dropped out saying kids don't order the healthy food and that it doesn't keep them full.

Andy Stephan says his wife keeps track of the kids' meals.

"It's a very good thing to have the app because obesity is an epidemic so anything we can do to get them to eat better and prevent obesity," Stephan said.

Grayes says so far, Hillsborough plans to keep pushing healthy food. Right now the district doesn't keep data of how many kids order the healthy food.

"At the moment we don't have those numbers but we're working on obtaining that data," Grayes said. "We want to get the numbers so we can justify costs. Fresh produce costs more."

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