FDA Nutrition Guidelines

  • boy eating a sandwichNutrition experts agree - children who don't eat a proper diet run the risk of becoming tired and unmotivated in school, and they're the most likely to become unhealthy or sick. Serving balanced, healthful school meals is an important part of making sure that children are ready to learn. Plus, it has the added benefit of teaching kids healthy eating habits.

    Drastic changes were enforced in 2010 with the Michelle Obama-backed Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act . This act required the USDA to set guidelines for what needed to be included in school nutrition and wellness policies, including informing parents about the policy, goals for physical activity and nutrition education, periodically sharing updates, and assessing progress.

    In early 2015, Congress officially relaxed school nutrition standards to give districts additional time to meet new criteria, specifically for the reduction of sodium in school meals. Schools also received increased flexibility on the whole grain mandates. These adjustments should help schools gain back some of the 1.5 million* lost student lunch customers since the new requirements were implemented.

    For more information on nutrition standards for schools, check out the USDA's Food and Nutrition Services site. Their site for Child Nutrition Programs is also an outstanding resource for schools.


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