In 2010 as part of the anti-childhood-obesity initiative the amount of sodium in school lunches was reduced. Currently, the School Nutrition Association tries to undo the low-sodium restriction. EarthShare National member group Union of Concerned Scientists is working to keep the low-sodium restrictions to keep our school kids healthier.
“Early evidence shows that healthier lunches are improving children’s diets, especially among disadvantaged children. We should continue to invest in these programs as they are a smart investment for our children’s future.”, says Lindsey Haynes-Maslow from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Bloomberg Businessweek even reported in its September 7th issue that “(…) the current cohort of 18-24-year-olds, an incredible number of them are not eligible for military service.”
The new regulation of 2010 provides schools with an extra 6 Cents per meal with less sodium, 100 percent whole grains, and half a cup of fruit or vegetables.
For more information visit the website of The Union of Concerned Scientists.