Picture of healthy foods from the cafeteria

Our cafeteria at Dunecrest turns lunchtime into an opportunity for nutrition education by providing students with healthy choices for school meals promoting healthy habits.

Designed to help our students grow physically healthy, mentally alert, and capable of meeting the challenges of adulthood in the 21st century, our cafeteria offers balanced options that combine fruits, vegetables, protein and healthy wholesome meals. The bright, welcoming environment of our cafeteria creates a relaxed space that encourages student engagement and interaction.

Eat Smart to Play Hard

The USDA 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans emphasizes the importance of an overall healthy eating pattern with all five food groups as key building blocks, plus oils. (While oils are not a food group, they are emphasized as part of a healthy eating pattern because they are a major source of essential fatty acids and vitamin E). The five food groups are Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Protein Foods, and Dairy.

Each food group includes a variety of foods that are similar in nutritional makeup, and each group plays an important role in an overall healthy eating pattern. Some of the food groups are broken down further into subgroups to emphasize foods that are particularly good sources of certain vitamins and minerals. For example, the subgroups within the Grains Group encourage whole grains, which provide more fiber, magnesium, and zinc than refined grains.

Eat Smart to Play Hard Illustration

Source: United States Department of Agriculture and Health (USDA)