So what is being done? In an effort to fight childhood obesity, the USDA announced January 13 new proposed guidelines to make school lunches healthier. These would be the first changes in 15 years and would include cutting salt and fat and adding more fruits and veggies to cafeteria selections. Under the proposed new guidelines:
- School meals would have calorie limits.
- Salt would be cut by half over 10 years.
- Most trans fats would be banned.
- More fruits and vegetables would be included in each meal.
- Only low-fat or nonfat milk would be served.
- Meals would see increases in the amount of whole grains and eventually will include only whole grains.
- Breakfast would include both grain and protein, not one or the other.
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 HealthDay. (2011). U.S. Aims to Make School Lunches Healthier. Web. Accessed 1/14/11 at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_107653.html