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...from the publication: Eat Right Weekly - September 5

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Schools Gear Up to Meet New Meal Standards

As the new school year begins, districts across the country are working hard to meet new nutrition standards for school meals. For the first time in 15 years, schools will have to meet new and healthier guidelines in order to receive federal meal reimbursements.

These guidelines, which will be phased in over three years, call for fruits and vegetables to be served every day, and more servings of whole grains while limiting the amount of sodium and fat. Schools will be required to serve only fat-free or low-fat milk.

In addition, menus will pay attention to portion sizes to make sure children are getting appropriate amounts of calories relative to their ages. By July 1, 2014, all breads and grains will have to be 100-percent whole grain. While many schools have been implementing changes over the past few years, others have worked to overhaul their menu in anticipation of this school year.

Approximately 32 million children eat lunch at school each day, and 12 million receive school breakfast. With these new standards in combination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new Farm to Schools Grant Program (bringing more local raised produce to schools) school menus will be healthier than ever before.

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