An ongoing challenge for school nutrition professionals under new federal meal standards is encouraging students to eat their vegetables, asserts Melanie Konarik, director of child nutrition for Spring Independent School District in Houston. Konarik, who will be honored at the School Nutrition Association's Child Nutrition Industry Conference in January, says in this interview that this year, her district has introduced some new items, such as a build-your-own sub line and an all-Asian cuisine line, to appeal to students.

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