Saturday, January 28, 2012

Healthier School Lunches on the Way @USDANutrition @theIOM @letsmove @Fruits_Veggies

USDA Ruling Now Official for
Healthier School Meals
The new USDA nutrition standards for our national school lunch and school breakfast programs will benefit the nutrition and health of 32 million school-age kids nationwide.The final ruling was announced this past week on January 26, 2012 by the US Department of Agriculture. The revisions update the meal patterns and nutrition standards in school food service to better align the foods provided with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Most schools will be required to increase their availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and to provide fat-free and low-fat milk. The levels of sodium, saturated fat and trans fat in meals will also have to be reduced. School meals will also have to meet the nutrition needs of school children within their calorie requirements. 

The improvements to the school meal programs were largely based on recommendations made by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. The new rules take effect March 26, 2012. Schools will have until July 1, 2012 to comply.

Related Links: USDA Nutrition Standards for School Meals 
IOM School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children
USDA Healthy Meals and Healthy Kids 
The National School Lunch Program

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