Officials in an Alabama school district try to make healthy lunches "beautiful," based on the idea that students are more likely to eat visually appealing food. Dedrick Bowden, Montgomery Public Schools' child-nutrition director, said the district has implemented many of the new federal-nutrition guidelines. One elementary school offers a salad bar, whole-wheat entrees and fruits and vegetables. "We change it. We make it presentable. We make it look good. We eat with our eyes," he said.

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