COLUMBIA — The USDA’s newly proposed guidelines could affect school lunches for 32 million children.
According to a report from The Associated Press, government-subsidized school cafeterias could have new standards for lunches. Some of the new USDA guidelines would make schools decrease sodium use, increase whole grains and serve lowfat milk.
For the first time, the law would extend nutrition standards to other foods sold in schools as well. This includes a la carte foods on the lunch line and snacks in vending machines.
About a third of children ages 6 to 19 are overweight or obese, according to the USDA.
Tom Vilsack, U.S. secretary of agriculture, said something must be done about obesity in America or else it will “eat us alive in terms of health care costs.”
However, some school groups have criticized efforts to make meals healthier. Critics say it would be hard for already-struggling schools to pay for these new health requirements.
Do you think the newly proposed USDA guidelines for school lunches are a good idea?