Cut calories, add vegetables, whole grains to school lunches


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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