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The Minnesota School Day Just Got Healthier

by Anne S. on Thursday, October 18, 2012

Give a thumbs-up for more fruits, veggies, and whole grains- and less sodium and trans fats- for our kids. This fall when Minnesota kids got in line at the school cafeteria, they had better choices than ever before. On the menu were a variety of foods and beverages recommended under new USDA school meal standards.

Changes in diet, however, can often take some time adjust to. So it was no surprise that some children initially complained of being hungrier than usual as they adjust to proper portion sizes and calorie amounts. For instance, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, American school-aged children currently consume 50-240 percent more protein than they really need. The new school meal standards are in line with nutritional requirements -- rather than the current over-consumption that’s helped to increase childhood obesity.

Remembering to “eat your vegetables – and fruits” is not a necessary evil, it’s a tasty way to get the nourishment you need to maintain a healthy weight and be successful in school.

What changes have you seen in your local school cafeterias?

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