It's estimated that more than 30 percent of the school children in Anderson County are obese or overweight.
Area schools are working on bringing more nutritious meals to children, but some worry that the programs will leave healthy children behind.
In Anderson-based Anderson School District 5, a new food services director, Nikki Hawthorne, is working to revamp the school district's menus to reflect a healthier approach to school lunches.
Since taking over this year, Hawthorne has switched to low-fat milk and introduced whole grain breads and brown rice. Next year, she said, she plans to eliminate much of the district's fried foods.
As part of her plan, Hawthorne has started the District 5 Nutrition Advisory Council, a parent organization that will advise her on menus and food service program issues.