Wednesday, January 19, 2011

For the First Time in 15 Years…

Mark Humphrey, AP

The US Department of Agriculture wants to raise the nutrition standards for school meals!! They believe obesity has become that pressing of an issue and need to help fix it.

USA Today said, “The new meal standards are designed to improve the health of nearly 32 million children who eat lunch at school every day and almost 11 million who eat breakfast. Overall, kids consume about 30% to 50% of their calories while at school.”

Some of the requirements are:

-Decrease the amount of starchy vegetables

-Establish calorie max and mins for all grades up to 12

-Serve better milk options: fat-free flavored or 1% milk

-Increase the fruits and vegetables offered to students

-Substantially increase whole grains

-Keep trans fat at a minimum

Ahhh! So exciting because prevention /correction early can really make a difference in the long run.

Get more details from the article here.

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