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Healthy School Lunch Program Is Not a Hit with Students

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The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act is a big topic among parents these days, but are they supportive of the plan?

First Lady Michelle Obama pushed for the new guidelines and President Obama signed it. The USDA is making the first major changes in school meals in 15 years, which will supposedly help us raise a healthier generation of children. The new standards align school meals with the latest nutrition science and the real world circumstances of America’s schools.

Dr. Jason Maggio, a local nutrition expert, says, “They should have focused more on eliminating sugar and less on calories.”

To find out the sugar content of many foods, Dr. Maggio suggests you go check out sugarstacks.com

THE NEW GUIDELINES

The new guidelines set limits on calories and salt, phase in more whole grains and require that fruit and vegetables be served daily. A typical elementary school meal under the program consisted of whole-wheat cheese pizza, baked sweet potato fries, grape tomatoes with low-fat ranch dip, applesauce and 1 percent milk.

Calorie limits:

850 for High School

750 for Middle School

650 for Elementary School

What do you think about the new school lunch plan? Let us know in the comment section.

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