A new survey from The California Endowment found that the new national school meal standards, which were implemented this fall, are being well received by students and parents in California. Overwhelmingly, both parents (91%) and students (82%) support the changes to school nutrition standards- and most students believe that school lunches are better than they have been in the past. Read the New American Media article about the results.
The new guidelines, established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) using the latest nutrition science and recommendations from the Institutes of Medicine, include more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in school lunches, while limiting sodium and trans fats.
Do you support these changes? How is your school district working to provide healthier options to students?
Visit the USDA’s website for helpful toolkits for patents, students, and educators that offer information about the changes and ideas for helping make the transition a smooth one.
Taking high sodium diet increases the risk of high blood-pressure, increased risk of gastric ulcers and electrolyte and hormone imbalance.
You''re right, Beenish. Diets high in sodium have been linked to high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. That''s why the AHA supports efforts to reduce sodium levels in our food supply. Check out our "Sodium in the U.S. Diet" fact sheet for more info.