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Let’s Move and Healthy Hunger Free Kids

 

Recently the news in school lunch has been about the move to healthy meals.  There are two main reasons why we are hearing about and seeing changes to school meals.  First, school meals are required to mimic the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  These guidelines are updated every five years, but schools meal regulations have not seen significant changes in many years.  The new regulations for school meals complement the recommendations outlined in the Dietary Guidelines.  In addition, First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Lets Move” campaign to improve physical activity and eating habits and the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 have stimulated changes to communities, schools and school meal programs over the past couple of years.  We anticipate the momentum behind this movement will continue to grow.  More fruits and vegetables, more whole grain and lower sodium are the highlights of the new regulations for school meals.  Together the “Lets Move” campaign, the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, and the efforts of our school leaders and your support will help students increase their physical activity and change their diets to support a healthy lifestyle and brighter future.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call Elizabeth Guajardo, EISD Director of Nutrition Services at (512) 281-9755.