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Healthy Bites for Tykes
The food industry finds lucrative opportunities through the newly reauthorized Child Nutrition Act.
A newly passed law calls for school food to be more nutritious and available to more children.
In mid-December, President Obama signed into law the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The $4.5 billion bill – to be paid for by moving funds from the traditional food stamp program – aims to make meals served in schools more nutritious and available to more children across the United States. The bill serves as a reauthorized – or new and improved – Child Nutrition Act initially signed into law in 1966 by former President Lyndon B. Johnson. The new legislation triggers the most dramatic change in the School Breakfast and National School Lunch programs since they were first enacted. The law increases the federal reimbursement for free school lunches and allows 20 million additional after-school meals to be served annually in all 50 states. It also gives the government the power to decide what types of food may be sold in lunch lines, vending machines and at school fundraisers.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is responsible for developing standards for enforcing the legislation. Classic kid cuisine staples such as hamburgers and pizza are likely to stay on the menu but will utilize healthier alternatives such as leaner meats and whole grain breads.
First Lady: ‘Let’s Move’
Shortly after the Obama family entered the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama – mother of two school-aged children – launched an initiative to ﬁght childhood obesity. Dubbed “Let’s Move,” the campaign’s four pillars call for more nutrition information, increased physical activity, easier access to healthy foods and personal responsibility. According to Obama, this was not a
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