WASHINGTON — Congress is taking some whole grains off the school lunch line.
A massive year-end spending bill released Tuesday doesn’t allow schools to opt out of healthier school meal standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama, as House Republicans had sought. But it would ease standards that require more whole grains in school foods. Continue reading
“The last thing that we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids’ health, especially when we’re finally starting to see some progress on this issue,” Mrs. Obama said at the White House. Continue reading
The 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act required schools to use more wholesome ingredients and set fat, sugar and sodium limits. But Republican lawmakers have proposed a one-year waiver, arguing that students won’t eat the new offerings or that schools can’t afford them. Judy Woodruff gets debate from Mark Bishop of the Healthy Schools Campaign and John Dickl of the School Nutrition Association. Continue reading
Starting next year, new federal rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will regulate the kinds of food and beverages sold at schools in order to lower the amount of fat, salt and sugar in kids’ diets. Ray Suarez gets details on the new rules from Margo Wootan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Continue reading
As First Lady Michelle Obama implements a national plan to end the U.S.’s childhood obesity epidemic, Betty Ann Bowser looks at the battle being waged in Mississippi against the fried foods that have become traditional staples in the state. Continue reading