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How the New Childhood Nutrition Act Will Affect Your School

Annie Condron

 

How

President Obama signed a new childhood nutrition act that will provide $4.5 billion over 10 years. Here’s a quick rundown of how this law will affect your school.

Better Food & Nutrition in Schools

·Higher Nutritional Standards: Allows the USDA to set nutritional standards for food in schools, including vending machines and school store
·Encourages Schools to Meet Nutritional Standards
        ·Provides funding to meet these nutritional standards

        in schools 
        ·Gives schools incentives to provide meals meeting nutritional standards by reimbursing up to $.06 per

        meal.
·Serving Local Foods: Help schools connect with local farms to bring more locally grown, fresh food to schools and help set up school gardens
·H20 Availability: Requires that free water must be available to students, especially during meals

Expand Education & Awareness

·Health & Fitness Education: Sets basic standards for wellness policies, including health, nutrition and physical education that states and local schools can customize to their needs
·Involving Parents: Schools must make nutritional info more readily available to parents
·Encourages Breastfeeding: I’m not as sure how this program works or how it will affect schools, but it may make schools more accommodating of new teacher moms who are breastfeeding.

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Fights Hunger through Expanded Meal Programs

·More Students Get Meals: Gives 115,000 more students access to free and reduced meals programs
·Meal Program Process Easier: Cuts the paperwork and administrative hassle that goes along with providing free and reduced meals to students in high poverty areas based on census data
·Meals for Foster Kids: Foster children are now automatically eligible in school meal programs
·Meals for After School Programs: Expands USDA support of meal programs in at-risk after school programs


Before:

  • ·Hot dog on bun (3 oz)
  • ·with ketchup (4 T)
  • ·Canned Pears (1/4 cup)
  • ·Raw Celery and Carrots (1/8 cup each)
  • ·with ranch dressing (1.75 T)
  • ·Low-fat (1%) Chocolate Milk (8 oz)

After:

  • ·Whole Wheat Spaghetti
  • ·with Meat Sauce (1/2 cup)
  • ·and Whole Wheat Roll
  • ·Green Beans, cooked (1/2 cup)
  • ·Broccoli (1/2 cup)
  • ·Cauliflower (1/2 cup)
  • ·Kiwi Halves, raw (1/2 cup)
  • ·Low-fat (1%) Milk (8 oz)
  • ·Low Fat Ranch Dip (1 oz)
  • ·Soft Margarine (5 g)

See the whole sample school menu

 

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