Monday, January 30, 2012

Just in from Washington

New School Lunch Standards Unveiled

Washington--First lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday unveiled new standards for school meals that, according to USDA, will result in healthier meals for kids across the nation.

The new meal requirements will raise standards for the first time in more than 15 years and improve the health and nutrition of nearly 32 million kids that participate in school meal programs every school day. The healthier meal requirements are a key component of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was championed by the first lady as part of her Let's Move! campaign and signed into law by President Barack Obama.

The new rules will:Ensure students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week;Substantially increase offerings of whole grain-rich foods;Offer only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties;Limit calories based on the age of children being served to ensure proper portion size; andIncrease the focus on reducing the amounts of saturated fat, trans fats and sodium.

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