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.
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