School Lunches Revamped!

Lisa Says: Proving change IS possible, Margo G. Wootan, D.Sc., Director of Nutrition Policy, Center for Science in the Public Interest was with First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released final nutrition standards for school meals.    Dr. Wootan summarizes the changes:

“These new standards are one of the most important advances in nutrition in decades and will:

* Double fruit and vegetable servings and increase the variety of vegetables

* Set first-ever standards for sodium, trans fat and whole grains for school meals

* Require all the milk to be low fat or fat free

* Set calorie standards that address not only hunger but also obesity

Although Congress prevented USDA from limiting French fries and required it to continue to count pizza as a vegetable, these new standards will do much to improve school meals.

Thanks to all who wrote letters to USDA and helped over the past seven years as we have worked to make these nutrition standards a reality.  There is still much work to do to help schools meet these new standards, but these standards are a great next step toward healthier school meals for all schools.”  GREAT NEWS !  link to press release

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