New school meals are important for children's health

By Thomas K. McInerny, M.D., president, American Academy of Pediatrics

Our children eat at least half of their daily calories at school. School meals can play an important role in introducing children to healthy food options, encouraging children to make healthier food choices and ensuring proper portion sizes. In 2010, a federal law called the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act set new school meals standards, and children are now seeing more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains on their cafeteria trays. Meals also include more low-fat and nonfat dairy products, and less fat and sodium. And portion sizes are based on age groups in elementary, middle and high school. Read the whole article