School Nutritional Standards To Change Wednesday

New nutrition standards nationwide will be rolled out Wednesday with the goal of healthier school lunches for children.

The new standards are supposed to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables, the use of whole grains and limit calories based on the age of children. Milk choices are also expected to be changed to fat-free or low-fat.

First lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are appearing at an elementary school in Alexandria, Va., with celebrity chef Rachael Ray to unroll the new rules.

The new rules represent the first major nutritional overhaul of school meals in 15 years, although they won't be as aggressive as the Obama administration had hoped. Last year blocked the USDA from making some of the changes the department had sought, such as limiting french fries and pizzas.


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  • by Eric Starson Location: Norway on Jan 27, 2012 at 05:05 PM
    Improving the diets of our kids might actually help prevent premature puberty: http://nutritionfacts.org/videos/protein-puberty/
  • by O lawd have mercy on Jan 25, 2012 at 04:18 PM
    Mama and Daddy better take away IPOD, video games, cell phones, TV, etc and send your little tub o lards outside to play or cut the grass. They can play baseball, pick up football even soccer or tennis. But make them get some outside time without potato chips fries, fried chicken or the likes. I do not need Mocheele to tell anything about nutrition. Read up and do it yourself. Do tourself a favor and price shop. A bag 8 oz pork skins come out to about $16.00 a lb. Most all junk food figures out to be about 8-9 dollars a pound. Eat more veggies even steak but make the little couch potatos get outside and PLAY.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jan 25, 2012 at 03:40 PM
    I can here it now "YOU EAT IT"
  • by Bless your heart Location: Greenville on Jan 25, 2012 at 10:15 AM
    The staggering growth rate of overweight children in America has prompted the government to rightfully ASSIST parents in creating healthier food choices at school. For children requiring special nutritional needs, that need can be met at home by the parents who are PRIMARILY responsible for their child's nutritional intake. The age old argument that healthy food is expensive does not merit the mentality to not attempt to eat healthy part of the time if you can't commit 100 percent. For example, Lowe's Food has a sale on Oreo's this week for 2.88, also on sale is a 3 lb. bag of apples for 2.99. Because the bag of apples contains more of a "normal" helping than the Oreo's the price per "normal" helping is actually lower. Thus the healthier snack choice is also the cheaper choice. Lastly, I believe that the DOE attempts to focus more on the education gained by children and their ability to properly execute those learned skills in the workforce than getting an extra game of kickball in at recess... in high school.
  • by Paula Bland on Jan 25, 2012 at 08:59 AM
    While I agree with eating healthier I also know that some kids need the regular milk because they need to increase there weight like my son. Lets talk Obesity for a second and not blaming teachers here but Our kids go to school 8 hrs a day and are rarley aloud recess like when we were children ever wonder why middle school students and High schoolers get into so many fights yup they have no where to put that energy they cant go run around the feild to let off steam anymore (told to me by a teacher I agree) Also the govt has a certain amount of hw to be required that by the time its done there is no time for kids to play outside to run around there goes the excersize people. Also the govt makes veggies and healthy foods so dang expensive that sometimes you just cant get it
  • by Annoyed on Jan 25, 2012 at 08:28 AM
    When I was in school, we had these 'nutritious' choices and guess what... Kids got it and didn't eat it. Then you had the problem of kids who don't get fed at home but don't like what the cafeteria is serving so just don't eat. Goverment needs to worry about our citizens surviving and not what we feed our kids. Vote Obama OUT in November!!
  • by Involved Citizen on Jan 25, 2012 at 08:09 AM
    Many children get over 50% of their meals at school. If our schools must provide meals, it's our responsibility to make sure they are healthy. The junk options available now are not good for the brain or the body.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2012 at 08:41 AM in reply to Involved Citizen
      Agree 100%!!!!
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      by WOW on Jan 25, 2012 at 11:31 AM in reply to Involved Citizen
      I too agree. When I was in school, the meals were nutritious, not particularly palatible, but nutrutious. Pizza was not on the menu, nor was Chick-fil-a, or any of that stuff. It was pretty much UDSA surplus stuff, and cooked on site.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2012 at 08:03 AM
    Personally, I'm thankful that the schools do provide nutritional meals and not just "what the kids want". My kindergartener has come home a couple of times with a sticker that proudly proclaims that he tried a new food that day at school, usually a fruit or vegetable that is not the simple apple or orange. With the busy lives of parents and kids, sometimes forcing fast food meals or sandwiches for supper (I'm guilty of that), it does ease my mind that I know my kids did receive a healthy meal during the day at school when I can't provide that for them for dinner.
  • by Patrick H Location: Williamston on Jan 25, 2012 at 07:10 AM
    Kids shouldn't be picky. When I was in School, I usually pick up all of those extra milks. Some schools even impoved a worm-bucket for the food waste that these picky kids DON'T eat. Kids nowadays want only fatten foods.
  • by WOW Location: Beaufort on Jan 25, 2012 at 06:57 AM
    Remember the Friday menu? it was always vegetable soup. You could look into it as see the whole week's menu. I also remember, you went down the line and you got what they were serving, or you didn't get anything. You didn't have a choice of items, you either ate what they were serving, or you brought your own.
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      by yummy on Jan 25, 2012 at 08:49 AM in reply to WOW
      along with the soup you got the cinnamon roll and the peaches!! and also on the days with chicken filetts!
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