School lunch safety starts at home

School lunch safety starts at home

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - School is back in session, and lunch is a top priority for parents and students.

Stephanie Owen, a registered dietitian, said there are some staples parents need to look for when making their little one's lunch.

"Of course you will want bread that is going to have a lot of grains in it," Owen said. "You're going to want some sort of fruits and nuts."

Owens said dried fruits and trail mix blends are good staples as well.

According to Child Nutrition Director Alexis Caston, many parents include unhealthy items in lunchboxes.

"Parents should avoid bringing things with no nutritional value like gum, hard candy, candy bars, coke sprite any kid of sugary carbonated beverages and potato chips that are not baked," she said.

According to Caston, it is important for parents to remember not to choose items that other kids may be allergic to like peanuts.