Cut calories, add vegetables, whole grains to school lunches

10-19-2009

Panel calls for calorie, sodium limits in USDA school lunch program, plus weekly amounts for dark green and orange vegetables, grains, and animal protein/dairy for each age group. Fruits, vegetables are not interchangeable, it said. It also calls for replacement of refined grains with whole grains, and for low-fat or skim milk. Recommendations reflect 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans; standards for school meals haven't been updated since 1995. Institute of Medicine panel says feds must increase reimbursement to fund changes.

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Tags: dark leafy greens, Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Institute of Medicine, IOM, Los Angeles Unified School District, Mary Jo Tuckwell, NSLP, obesity, school lunch, sodium, USDA




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