Under the updated standards, school meals saw significant increases in key nutrients and fiber, and decreases in sodium and saturated fat. Plate Waste Despite the USDA and the School Nutrition Association SNA claims that schools were facing serious challenges meeting the nutrition standards, the data indicate that the vast majority of schools had successfully implemented the updated standards.
Thus, the school represents a critical place for intervention to encourage healthier eating habits. Though researchers have certainly studied healthy school meal standards, the existing literature generally falls short of specifically quantitatively assessing the HHFKA implementation and its relation to student health measures.
Tell Congress to maintain these guidelines for the health and well-being of all students, particularly those for whom schools provide most of their meals. Improving the nutritional quality of school lunch is associated with benefits in physical development, cognition, behavior and educational achievement.
Department of Agriculture USDA set new minimums for servings of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains, and maximums for sugar, salt, and fat content that would gradually be implemented over several years.
Though students may be sensitive to testing and change behavior as a result, if testing is performed in a natural environment i. Please feel free to distribute this as part of a newsletter, website post, or to attendees of an event or rally. Provides resources to increase nutritional quality of food provided by USDA Sets minimum standards for school wellness policies Limits milk served to nonfat flavored milk or 1 percent white milk  Reduced portion sizes in meals Mandate a minimum on fruit, vegetables, and whole grain servings Mandate a maximum sodium, sugar, and fat content Increases access[ edit ] Increased the number of eligible children for school meal programs byUses census data to determine student need in high-poverty areas, rather than relying on paper applications.