[DISTRICT MEDIA OFFICE]
The School Day Just Got Healthier: Improved School Lunches Come to [School District]
[DATELINE], [DATE] -- Students attending [SCHOOL DISTRICT] schools can
expect to see healthier and more nutritious food on their trays this year, as the district
begins implementing new federal guidelines.
[QUOTE FROM SCHOOLSPOKESPERSON]
The new school meal standards ensure students are offered both fruits and
vegetables every day of the week; substantially increases offerings of whole grain-rich
foods; offer fat-free or low-fat milk varieties; limit calories based on the age of children
to ensure proper portion sizes; and increase the focus on reducing the amounts of
saturated fat, trans fat and sodium.
Research shows that kids who have healthy diets and get regular physical activity
are more likely to perform better academically. These healthy habits may also play a role
in helping kids with greater concentration, better attendance, better classroom behavior,
better self-esteem, and lower obesity rates.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is doing its part by making the meals 32
million children eat each day healthier, providing additional funds to schools that meet
the new healthy meal standards, providing nutrition education resources, and recognizing
those schools leading the way in fighting obesity through its HealthierUS School
The new guidelines align school meals with the latest nutrition science, based on
recommendations from the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine and the
2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The new measures address childhood obesity by
updating requirements for school wellness policies and providing more nutrition
information to parents.
To learn about the meal standards, go to www.fns.usda.gov/healthierschoolday.