26 Jan '12, 6pm
32 million reasons to cheer new school lunch rules:
There are 32 million reasons why the United States Department of Agriculture’s new school meal standards [PDF] are good news. That’s the number of children who participate in the National School Breakfast and Lunch programs in the U.S. and who will soon be served far more nutritious — and hopefully delicious — school meals. Announced by First Lady Michelle Obama, who was instrumental in getting the new rules written by ensuring that the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act passed in 2010, the updated meal standards are a huge improvement, in spite of last minute meddling by Congress. The standards are based on 2009 Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations and they include: Doubling the amount of fruits and vegetables offered; Increasing the variety of vegetables served to include dark greens, red/orange, and legumes; Increasing offerings of whole grain-rich foods — half the gr...