Kids Are Eating Healthier at School
Good news for the 31 million American kids enrolled in U.S. school lunch and breakfast programs: They’re eating more healthfully since the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act went into effect during the 2012–2013 school year. Part of that law increased the availability of whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. Researchers monitored the food selected by kids before and after the law went into effect in three middle schools and three high schools in a large, urban school district serving predominantly low-income racial and ethnic minority students. The nutritional quality of foods chosen by the students rose, while the number of calories dropped.
Source: JAMA Pediatrics, published online Jan. 4, 2016