NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Students can't help but make at least one healthy choice at this elementary school in Charlotte, North Carolina, where workers hand out 100 percent whole wheat buns, and kids gobble them up.
Now, the rest of the country is about to get schooled in nutrition.
First Lady Michelle Obama and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced higher nutrition standards for the nation's school lunches - the first major overhaul of the school lunch system in 15 years.
"When we send our kids to school, we have a right to expect they won't be eating the kind of fatty, salty, sugary foods that we're trying to keep from them when they're at home," stated the First Lady.
Starting with next school year, lunch lines will provide more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Salt will be drastically limited - a process that will be phased in over the next decade to help kids' taste buds make the transition.
Many schools across the country are already surpassing current nutrition guidelines.
"We're seeing more salad bars,” said Diane Pratt-Heavner of the School Nutrition Association. “We're seeing them trying to engage students in the process of changing the menus, asking them what healthy foods they'd like to see."
Pizza will continue to be served, as tomato paste is considered a vegetable under the new rules; however, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the kid favorite will transform into something much healthier.
"The tomato paste that is being placed on pizza is going to be on whole wheat crust,” stated Vilsack. “You're going to have low-fat cheese, and you're going to have lower sodium in that tomato paste."
It's a new lesson in nutrition, as schools feed kids' bodies as well as their minds.