Shaping Up School Food
School food is a hot topic. Everyone wants kids to eat healthier. Well, everyone except for the meat-pie pushing mamas that is. But for those rational minded folks, the Associated Press reports that congress wants better standards for school food. Randolph E. Schmid explains:
Concerned about the rise of obesity in young people, Congress asked the Institute of Medicine to develop a set of standards for foods that would be available in schools.
The Institute responded Wednesday with a two-tier system designed to encourage youngsters to eat more fruit, vegetables and whole grains and to avoid added sugars, salt and saturated fats.
"The alarming increase in childhood obesity rates has galvanized parents and schools across the nation to find ways to improve children's diets and health, and we hope our report will assist that effort," said Virginia A. Stallings, chair of the committee that prepared the report.
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