Fighting Fat:US revises school lunch guidelines
Laaska News Jan 26, 2012
US schoolchildren are to see healthier foods on their lunch plates under new guidelines designed to address obesity among children.
The US Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced the country’s first new guidelines on school lunches in 15 years.
The rules require that lunches for children from kindergarten through grade 12 include vegetables and fruit and have a calorie limit.
The guidelines include targets to reduce sodium and saturated and trans fats.
More than 30 million children across the US are subject to the rules.
The US administration plans to spend about 3.2 billion dollars over the next 5 years for additional food items needed under the plan.
The guidelines are based on the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act championed by First Lady Michelle Obama.
One third of US children are said to be obese or overweight.
The focus is now on whether the requirements will help heighten awareness about eating habits.