Friday, September 20, 2013

School Daze-A Review of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

2011-With all the focus on school meals, here is a well written piece from the policy level.  It offers a short history of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs and an overview of the new school meal regulations, proposed when this piece was written, but then released in 2012.

http://www.wm.edu/as/publicpolicy/schroedercenter/healthpolicyresources/Health%20Policy%20in%20the%20News/USDA%20School%20Lunch%20and%20Breakfast%20Regulations/index.php

Here's the take-away:

"Providing healthy meals at school is a powerful strategy to address childhood obesity but there are a variety of recommended approaches that schools can use to improve students’ health. Methods recommended by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, for example, include increasing recess time, providing for more sports clubs, and implementing a comprehensive health curriculum. To effectively address childhood obesity, solutions should be multi-faceted and should target several areas of the food and physical environment."

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