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School Lunches Need A Healthy Kick In The Cafeteria

A new report says school lunches need more fruits, veggies and whole grains and a limit on calories.

Schools must follow federal standards, because the government's school lunch program subsidizes lunch and breakfast for needy kids in nearly every public school and many private ones.

Yet those 14-year-old standards are lacking, according to the Institute of Medicine report. They don't restrict the number of calories kids are offered, even though childhood obesity keeps climbing. And they don't match up with the government's own dietary guidelines calling for lots of fresh fruit and veggies and more whole grains.

The proposed standards won't be cheap. The report committee says breakfast prices could soar 20 percent, and lunch prices could rise by 4 percent.


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