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DALLAS, Sep 25, 2003 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- French fries come only as a side dish -- and not the whole dish any longer -- in a Dallas school district's bid for healthier meals.

That's the new rule for fifth through eighth graders in the Highland Park school district and it extends to certain sweets, too.

French fries are a major attraction on the cafeteria menu and some kids had been eating two or three orders and nothing else, school officials said. Now, they have to have an entree as well -- or no fries.

The Dallas Morning News said parents, who help run the cafeteria, suggested the change, which also limits the number of servings to one per entree.

Further, Snickers, ice cream bars and big ice cream sandwiches are offered only on Wednesdays, and Country Time lemonade and Sunny Delight fruit drink are available only twice a week.

Other school districts have not joined in the French fry cutback, but are reportedly tightening their menus.

Copyright 2003 by United Press International.

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