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January 2013

Commentary on Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

JAMA Pediatr. 2013;167(1):8-9. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.639

New US Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition standards for school meals are being implemented during the 2012-2013 school year as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.1 The updated standards, which are the first major overhaul of school meal requirements in 15 years, build on the improvements made over the past decade in nutritional quality of the meals served as part of the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs. Implementation of the standards will transform the school meals to more closely align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and reflect the “My Plate” graphic with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat milk.

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