USDA Unveils Critical Upgrades to Nutritional Standards for School Meals

The new proposed meal requirements will raise nutrition standards for the first time in fifteen years. They will make critical changes to school meals and help improve the health and nutrition of nearly 32 million kids that participate in school meal programs. These changes are also an important component of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative to solve the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation.

"The United States is facing an obesity epidemic and the crisis of poor diets threatens the future of our children – and our nation," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "With many children consuming as many as half their daily calories at school, strengthening nutritional standards is an important step in the Obama administration's effort to combat childhood obesity and improve the health and wellbeing of all our kids."

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