School Lunches Make the Grade

Posted on February 9, 2012



One in three American kids are obese, and most American kids consume most of their daily calories at school. Realizing how pivotal school lunches are to children’s health, First Lady Michelle Obama has added another key contribution through her Let’s Move campaign and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The President’s administration has released a list of updated standards for healthier school meals – the first initiative of its kind in 15 years.


First Lady Michelle Obama isn’t the only one pushing for changes in school lunches. Other organizations emphasize the importance of healthy food at schools. The Kids Safe and Healthful Foods Project works to insure that healthy and safe food is a priority for schools


With Obama’s new standards, students will have available more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low or nonfat milk. The guidelines have also put limits on the amount of sodium and fat that can be given to students. Donze Black in a press release says, “The focus on improving school meals comes at a critical time for children’s health.” The website goes into more detail on how exactly the changes will be made and what to expect from schools serving breakfast and lunch.


Want to learn more about the importance of healthy eating? The Mayor’s Health Line (1-617-534-5050) is available to answer questions about the new standards. We also recommend visiting Bridging the Gap– a site that offers tips on keeping families healthy.


Search this blog for our other articles on healthier options for kids such as Healthier Choices for Kids and Strategies to Improve Access to Fresh Healthy food.

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