The BEA Food Service Department implemented Nutrient Standard Menu Planning (NSMP) beginning with the 2009-10 school year. NSMP requires that a week's worth of school lunches meet specific nutrient guidelines and it allows flexibility in how those nutrients levels are reached. The only requirement for students is that they take an entrée and one side for their meal. After that, students can take up to one more side dish and a milk, but they are not required to do so.
Another benefit of this form of menu planning is that the nutrient content of all the foods on the menu is readily available. That means the school nurses are able to quickly find the carbohydrate content of what a diabetic student ate and adjust their therapy accordingly.
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