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January 14, 2011

Federal government proposes healthier school lunches

healthier school lunchesSchool lunches may soon contain more fruits and vegetables and fewer french fries and cardboard pizza.

The Agricultural Department has proposed what would be the first nutritional overhaul of school lunches in 15 years, the Associated Press reported. The guidelines, which would apply to lunches subsidized by the federal government, calls for schools to cut sodium in lunches by half, serve low fat milk and use more whole grains. It would also establish calorie limits for school lunches.

The new guidelines are based on recommendations by the Institute of Medicine, a division of the National Academy of Sciences.

The proposal comes as more emphasis has been placed on the country's childhood obesity problem. Michelle Obama has made it her platform as First Lady and President Obama recently signed a child nutrition bill into law.

Sarah Paliln also recently entered the debate saying at a Pennsylvania school that parents should decide what their kids eat, not the federal government. The Pennsylvania School System was considering whether to ban sweets from school.

What do you readers out there think? Should the federal government require healthier school lunches?

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Meredith CohnMeredith Cohn has been a reporter since 1991, covering everything from politics and airlines to the environment and medicine. A runner since junior high and a particular eater for almost as long, she tries to keep up on health and fitness trends. Her aim is to bring you the latest news and information from the local and national medical and wellness communities.

Andrea K. WalkerAndrea K. Walker knows it’s weird to some people, but she has a fascination with fitness, diseases, medicine and other health-related topics. She subscribes to a variety of health and fitness magazines and becomes easily engrossed in the latest research in health and science. An exercise fanatic, she’s probably tried just about every fitness activity there is. Her favorites are running, yoga and kickboxing. So it is probably fitting that she has been assigned to cover the business of healthcare and to become a regular contributor to this blog. Andrea has been at The Sun for nearly 10 years, covering manufacturing, retail , airlines and small and minority business. She looks forward to telling readers about the latest health news.

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