Government Calls For Stricter Guidelines For School Lunches

Plan Will Include Cutting Of Sodium And Most Trans Fats

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Hold the French fries — for the first time in 15 years the government is proposing new, healthier guidelines for school lunches.

P.S. 216 in Brooklyn already serves up a healthy diet to its hungry kids.

“I eat a lot of carrots. That is where I get my red hair from,” one student told CBS 2’s Manuel Gallegus.

“I think it is really good and it is healthy,” added fifth grader Finella Tutelman.

Now, the government wants all schools receiving subsidized meals to follow stricter guidelines to fight obesity and improve a child’s health.

The proposals would require school cafeterias to cut overall calories and:

* Cut sodium in meals in half.

* Eliminate most trans fats.

* Require more whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

* Serve only non-fat or low-fat milk.

The new guidelines would affect more than 32 million students. The government said they’re crucial since children get about half their daily calories at school.

The principal of P.S. 216 said she thinks the changes can’t come soon enough.

“Just as parents trust us with education, they should trust that we want not only healthy minds, but healthy bodies. We are not overreaching; we are educating,” Celia Kaplinsky said.

So get ready, kids. No more fries.

Principal Kaplinsky said in her experience, children get used to whatever you give them and healthier food will become a way of life.

It could be a few years before the proposed guidelines take effect.

  • rjm

    Its not about what parents send the kids to school with (thats their own issue – for sake of diets) but where the government is subsidising the programs at public schools, the government has the the authority and responsibility to implement such restrictions. Parents, send your kids to school with chips and youre the one giving them diabetes and a host of other issues. But if you let the government supply them with food, expect it to be proper and healthy. Full stop

  • pogo the clown

    I may be wildly incorrect, but I think “bush’s” comment was designed to display the absurdity of the entire concept of food regulation by the government. That’s how I read it, at least.

  • Anthony V

    Not really, if high standards are good enough for the school-provided lunch kids, then they’re good enough for the brown-baggers as well. That’s what government regulations give birth to – more regulations.

  • bush

    If they are going to implement a plan like this, then they should also prohibit children from leaving school grounds at lunch so they can go for pizza or other bad foods. If the children “brown bag” their lunch, school officials should inspect each and every lunch to make certain it complies with government guidelines. This is the only way a program like this will be effective. And if the parents do not agree with this or refuse to comply with this, then the child is removed from the public school system and the parent has the option for private school.

    • doitright

      thats just dumb. school officials inspecting lunch? the problem isnt what the kids are having in their mom-made sandwiches, the problem is that the majority of obese kids are eating cafeteria fries and chicken nuggets. and the fact that you suggest that children be removed from the public school system is startlingly unintelligent. god knows you werent a private school student, were you.

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