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Usda School Lunch Guidelines

Adults, Including Congress, Also Need to Make the Right Choices

Bruce Lesley | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

Parents count of schools to "do right" by our children and to ensure that, just as kids learn reading and math skills that lay the foundation for later learning and success, healthy eating is taught and modeled throughout the school day as well. This is important for all kids, but especially for low-income children.

Trend Spotting at School Lunch: 6 Satisfying Proteins on Student Trays

Dayle Hayes, MS, RD | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Dayle Hayes, MS, RD

Like trend-conscious restaurateurs, school nutrition professionals know that their customers want the same things they see on TV food shows with celebrity chefs.

Most Schools Sticking With National School Lunch Program

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department says 524 schools – out of about 100,000 – have dropped out of the federally subsidized natio...

USDA To Announce New Healthy School Snack Rules

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education

* USDA secretary says foods rule expected early 2013 * Soft drink makers needed time to change products -Vilsack * Advoc...

USDA To Allow More Meat, Grains In School Lunches

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 12.09.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- The Agriculture Department is responding to criticism over new school lunch rules by allowing more grains and meat in kids' meals. Agri...

Report: Healthy Snacks Offered In Small Minority Of U.S. High Schools Despite Lunch Overhaul

Posted 11.02.2012 | Education

While the new nutritional guidelines imposed by the USDA this fall require a wider selection of fruits and vegetables in school meals, the same cannot...

Citing Health Concerns, Messiness, N.M. Teacher Moves To Ban Flamin' Hot Cheetos

Posted 10.15.2012 | Education

A health teacher at Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School in New Mexico is moving to ban Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, claiming the trendy snack food represents a ...

Florida Schools Consider Installing Trash Cams To Monitor How Much Of Students' Lunches Get Thrown Out

Posted 10.02.2012 | Education

In an effort to monitor the effects of the new federal lunch policy changes, Lake County school leaders in Florida have proposed using surveys or inst...

WATCH: Students Donate Fruit They're Forced To Take

Posted 09.24.2012 | Impact

Though students are now required to take more fruits and vegetables, the new meal guidelines can’t force them to actually eat the healthful foods. B...

Consumer Group: Ban Tuna From School Lunches

Posted 09.21.2012 | Education

The Mercury Policy Project of Montpelier, Vt., is pushing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to scrap tuna from school lunch menus after a test of 59 ...

GOP Bill Moves To Repeal USDA Calorie Limits On School Lunches

Posted 09.19.2012 | Education

As the new school year begins, fresh school lunch regulations are in effect to encourage healthy eating. But not everyone's pleased. While students fr...

What Students Will Be Eating Under New Lunch Guidelines

Posted 10.20.2012 | Education

New U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for school lunches are taking effect this fall, as part of a healthy school lunch initiative put forth i...

Student's Homemade Turkey Sandwich Taken For Nuggets Was Teacher's Mistake

AP | By EMERY DALESIO | Posted 02.17.2012 | Education

RALEIGH, N.C. -- It was a tale of government meddling that outraged radio talk show hosts and a pair of Congress members: A 4-year-old was forced to d...

Bay Area Embraces New Guidelines For School Lunches: Hayward School May Get A Sushi Robot

Robin Wilkey | Posted 02.08.2012 | San Francisco

Last month, First Lady Michelle Obama and the USDA announced a revision in the guidelines for government subsidized school lunch programs -- the first...

Food Fight: Pizza and Spuds Win, School Kids Lose

Walter Willett, M.D., DrPH, MPH | Posted 01.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Walter Willett, M.D., DrPH, MPH

French fries and pizza don't make a healthy meal, especially not for America's school children. Yet Congress chose to save these junk foods on school lunch menus.