Healthy lunches: School food guidelines one step in fight against childhood obesity epidemic

October 23, 2012
by Sue Thoms
Grand Rapids Free Press (Michigan)


School lunches are getting leaner – with the emphasis on fruits, vegetables and whole grains – under new federal guidelines. The goal is to help curb rising obesity rates, but the Kent County Health Department says change is needed at home, as well. Health officials discuss ways to improve nutrition and activity levels in the column below:

By The Kent County Health Department

Schools around Kent County have been open for almost two months, and by now, you may have noticed changes to school lunches.

The United States Department of Agriculture recently revised the guidelines used by schools for the school lunch program. This was the first revision in more than 15 years. The goal of these changes is to create healthier choices for school meals that are served to nearly 32 million kids every school day.

While many of the changes are being phased in over the next year or two, some took effect immediately as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

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