Friday, February 4, 2011

Use your voice: New School Nutrition Standards

The government has issued new standards for the school lunch and breakfast programs. They are accepting feedback for 72 days, which ends April 13, 2011. These new rules were created so that schools are serving meals in alignment with the 2005 “Dietary Guidelines for Americans,” as required by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act.

What changes will we see?

More fruits, veggies, lowfat/nonfat milk options, whole grains, and reduced sodium and saturated fats. Minimize (I wish that said, eliminate) transfats.

Read more and see charts and diagrams as provided by The Federal Register.
Read more about the School Lunch Program.

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