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Trump Administration Changes School Lunches

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The Trump Administration has recently relaxed the Obama inflicted health regulations on school lunches.

The previous standards were aimed at making United States school children healthier, and to reduce the childhood obesity epidemic, but the strict regulations were leading to children tossing out the fruit and vegetables instead of eating them.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said schools will no longer have to try so hard to cut the salt in students’ meals or work in whole grains and non-fat milk.

Prior First Lady, Michelle Obama, promoting a health campaign in schools.

“If kids aren’t eating the food, and it’s ending up in the trash, they aren’t getting any nutrition — thus undermining the intent of the program,” Perdue said while visiting a school in Leesburg, Virginia.

Strict food regulations had been part of the former first lady’s broader Let’s Move Campaign, which targeted federally subsidized school meals, and had increased requirements for serving sizes and nutrition standards.

Schools were required to offer only fat-free or low-fat milk, limit calories based on students’ ages, and cut down on saturated fat, trans fats and sodium among other things. However, these limits did not benefit all children, as kids come in many shapes, sizes, and activity levels. For a young student athlete, the portions were not large enough.

More changes to public school lunches may be to come, but are not definite.

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