Friday, January 27, 2012

Healthier School Lunch Programs Now Take Shape

While improving the quality of school lunches is not the total answer for solving the obesity epidemic in this country, It is certainly a great leap forward.  Our community (you and I) can be successful in driving government policy. This article is an example of how policies are changing to provide more nutritious meals for our children.  We can also become better role models, promote educational opportunities thus shaping lifelong eating habits and creating a healthier society.
This article below is from USA Today and outlines new legislation that has been enacted to promote a healthier lunch program for our schools.

Government requires more fruits, veggies for school lunches

"Today the government is releasing new nutrition standards for school meals that spell out dramatic changes, including slashing sodium, limiting calories and offering students a wider variety and larger portions of fruits and vegetables. These changes will raise the nutrition standards for meals for the first time in more than 15 years.
"When we send our kids to school, we expect that they won't be eating the kind of fatty, salty, sugary foods that we try to keep them from eating at home," first ladyMichelle Obama said in a statement. She is announcing the new standards today along with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.."
Read the rest of the article through this link at USA Today.

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