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Shereen Jegtvig, MS

New Rules for School Lunches

By August 22, 2012

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The United States Department of Agriculture has set new school lunch guidelines that schools have to follow. This includes lower calorie counts and reduces the amount of sodium allowed in a meal. You can take a look at the guidelines here: USDA Nutritional Guidelines.

Schools must provide more whole grains, low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables and meat or meat alternatives. These rules go into effect this fall, so your kids might see some changes in their school lunches when they go back to school in the next few weeks.

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