ADA, OK -- With obesity on the rise in younger generations, the federal government is now taking more steps to help fight the disease, starting in schools.
Ada City Schools Superintendent, Pat Harrison, says healthy eating habits should be taught at an early age.
"Because of all the health issues that are arising with adults now, the way to attack that somewhat is to better educate the younger population, the students, on healthy eating," said Harrison.
This summer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced junk foods and high calorie sodas will be replaced with healthier options in school vending machines.
Harrison says the Ada City Schools abide by state and federal regulations, and says the school cooks also make sure to provide healthy options that students want to eat.
"The fine line we're trying to walk and schools all across the country are trying to walk, is coming up with a menu that follows the guidelines, yet is something that is not so strict and students will eat and not throw away," Harrison said.
Ada Parent, Allene Warren, thinks the district's idea is a good one for students.
Hhaving those healthier options, they're gonna get used to it, and that's what they're going to choose," Warren said.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 17% of children and adolescents are overweight.
And Warren says she agrees with government intervention to help tackle this problem.
"I think the childhood obesity has just gotten out of hand, and it's gonna come down to the federal government helping the schools and if they're going to mandate some of these things then they are going to have to get involved," said Warren.