USDA unveils higher school nutrition standards
January 13th, 2011
10:30 AM ET
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Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is releasing a new proposed rule Thursday designed to strengthen school breakfast and lunch nutrition standards - part of the Obama administration's attempt to crack down on an epidemic of childhood obesity.

The rule would increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat milk milk while cutting the amount of sodium and saturated fat. It would reduce the availability of traditional school lunch staples such as pizza and french fries.

Under the rule, federal minimum and maximum calorie intake guidelines would be established for the first time. Younger children would consume between 550 and 650 calories for lunch, while most high school students would consume between 750 and 850 calories.

Saturated fat would comprise less than 10 percent of the total calories in school meals for children at all age levels. Trans fat would be banned.

The CNN Wire Staff has the FULL STORY: "Feds to tighten school nutrition standards"

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  1. Treadmill Traci

    I think this is a great idea! Kids need to not only be taught proper nutrition, they need to be fed it as well! Not only are those obesity numbers alarming, these children are probably extremely deficient in their vitamins and minerals as well. At a time when it is crucial for them to be getting their proper vitamins for growth, too many are not. I can't wait to see the benefits of this program come into play!

    July 29, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  2. vapor

    scaredy cats

    January 13, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • Jerv@vap

      You are ostensibly (WOD) in need of some Preparation H for the oral rash you have.

      January 13, 2011 at 11:34 am |
  3. vapor

    i want an all out slugfest with tazer, dave the duchebag and jerv. i can beat all of them back with my razor sharp thrash talk

    January 13, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  4. vapor

    I like to find people to argue with on these post boards. if anyone would like to receive a verbal thrashing please respond to this post. you will find yourself under verbal assault. i will break down your every thought and make your posts seem like infant jibberish. you will lose and i will win.

    January 13, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • vapor's nemesis

      good for you. just make sure you use proper verbage and spell your words correctly. otherwise you just make us laugh. tip for the day: think before you type.

      January 13, 2011 at 11:09 am |
      • vapor

        boo hoo did you tattle tell baby

        January 13, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  5. Jerv

    I wonder what the ostensible (WOD) effect will be on the price of school lunches?

    January 13, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • vapor

      jerv is a moron. this must be a rhetorical question. i bet jerv thinks the whole world is involved in a communist conspiracy to raise school lunch costs under the guise of nutritional standards. watch out jerv the socialists are coming to get you and glen beck. buy gold and seeds and hide in your bunker until the apocolypse is over

      January 13, 2011 at 11:02 am |
      • Jerv@vap

        You are an ostensible (WOD) epic waste of human tissue. Wanna be friends vap?

        January 13, 2011 at 11:09 am |
    • Truth@Jerv

      What is also ostensibly (WOD) missing from the article is the effect of reduced physical education classes in the public school systems across the country.

      January 13, 2011 at 11:03 am |
      • Jerv@Truth and ALL

        I concur.

        Vap has come out to play. Let the fun begin!!!

        January 13, 2011 at 11:10 am |
      • vapor

        obama is responsible for taking physical education out of public schools. he is indoctranating your stupid kids into being the fat lards they they are. it is an evil socialist plan that will bring down this glorious nation

        January 13, 2011 at 11:18 am |
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