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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
October 13, 2015

School Menus Improve but Need Work

JAMA. 2015;314(14):1440. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.12510

It’s getting easier for kids to heed the advice to eat their vegetables. Recent data show that nearly 80% of schools that offer federally assisted meal programs serve at least 2 choices of fruits and vegetables in their cafeterias. But schools need more assistance to fully comply with the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) required nutrition standards for federal school meals, according to the study.

Investigators analyzed data from the 2000, 2006, and 2014 School Health Policies and Practices Study, a CDC national survey, to determine how completely schools implemented the 2012 USDA requirements, which include gradually reducing sodium in foods over 10 years.