Federal school lunch program proves healthier, but kids aren’t eating them

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Is the federal program to make school lunches healthier backfiring? The School Nutrition Association said school lunches are getting healthier, but more kids aren’t eating them.

It said it fully supports new nutrition standards in schools, but said the federal regulations championed by First Lady Michelle Obama go too far. It said there has been a nearly five percent participation drop in school lunch programs since the 2011 and 2012 school year.

The School Nutrition Association is asking Congress and the USDA to reconsider some requirements. It says rather than forcing all grains served at lunch and breakfast to be whole grain rich it proposes keeping the current 50 percent requirement.

It also said current sodium requirements are fine and opposes further reducing those levels. And it said don’t force the fruits and veggies.

But many support the new requirements that regulate everything from portion sizes to milks choices. According to the Center for Disease Control, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and more than quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Advocates for the government effort said nutrition has to be a priority at school.

The School Nutrition Association is asking Americans to write to their U.S. Senators and Congressmen and women to urge them to protect school meal programs. If you are interested, visit http://capwiz.com/asfsa/issues/alert/?alertid=63203066.

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