As many students head back to school this week they’ll notice even more healthy changes in their school lunches. The USDA’s nutritional requirements for public schools seem to be working, with more than 90% of schools reporting that they successfully met those standards. Again schools must offer more whole grains and make sure that every student has a fruit or vegetable on their tray before they can get through the line. Just this last week the USDA announced that additional tools will be made available to help schools continue to serve healthier meals and snacks. The “HealthierUS School Challenge”, a voluntary program that provides financial awards to those schools that take the steps needed to encourage their students to eat healthier and be more active, is also being re-launched. Those awards can range anywhere from $500 to $2,000. Studies have reported that after the initial shock and complaints students are responding well to the new school menus. And even better news, they haven’t just stopping complaining, they are actually eating the healthier school lunches and enjoying it.